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Scam journals and predatory publishers

OA-predatorScam journals are false OA journals, i.e. fraudulent magazines that have been created solely for the purpose of generating profits through collecting unauthorized royalties. Another type are so-called hijacked journals, i.e. fraudulent journals that are disguised under the identity of an existing scientific journal, and are at first sight identical to the actual journal.

By publishing in predatory journals, not only the credibility of the author, but also the credibility of the institution and the scientific community is reduced. Some articles published in predatory journals are of poor quality, and have little added value for the dissemination of scientific knowledge and its development. By publishing in scam journals, some authors artificially increase their publishing activity to gain a higher number of citations for their work.

How can a scam journal be identified?

Prior to publishing in an Open Access journal, check the webpage of the journal and verify all the details that the journal makes available. Information about how to proceed in identifying predatory journals and publishers can also be found on the site Think-Check-Submit.

How can a predatory publisher be identified?

You can check the association of publishers of open access journals - OASPA.

How can a predatory conference be identified?

  • collecting of conference fees
  • conference is not a professional one
  • conference is promoted through the WASET webpage
  • it is important to check the organizer of the conference and the institution which is to publish the proceedings
  • check the venue of the conference, its programme and contact details
  • try to obtain information from colleagues
  • check whether the conference is listed on the Global Events List
  • check whether the conference has a CPCI index
  • check the ConferenceAlerts service