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How to Identify Deceptive Publishers or Conferences

The Issue

Alongside many reputable journals, a number of pay-to-publish, vanity journals have appeared in recent years.  Much like any other online scamming scheme – their primary goal is to dupe the unsuspecting author into paying fees to publish in their journal. 

These bogus journals may appear at-a-glance to be credible online publications, but on a closer look, lack any authentic and rigorous quality control or peer review processes to affirm the quality of the content they publish.    Some academic authors are being duped by submitting their research outputs to be published in these vanity journals.   This can have a damaging effect on the reputation of the both the researcher and the institution.