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Predatory journals and questionable conferences

Many open journals cover their costs by charging a publishing fee. Some people exploit this by establishing false Open Access journals, Predatory journals. Recently a similar development is manifesting itself in conferences. These journals and conferences share a common feature of not following good academic practices for research and publishing. 

How to avoid being scammed?

Journals

  • Search for the journal in DBHs publication channel list. The journals listed have been quality assured by an academic committee and journals should be approved as level one or two. Note, it is possible to nominate titles for review. 
  • Search for the journal in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The journals listed have been quality assured by members of the DOAJ editorial board.
  • Check with colleagues to see if they have published in the journal, or if they read it regularly. 
  • See the website Think. Check. Submit. for more comprehensive information. 
  • Many predatory publishers are very active in contacting researchers with offers and invitations to publish.  
  • Do a Google search for the title of the journal plus the term "predatory". Other people often write about their experiences with the journal.

Conferences

  • Check with colleagues to see if they have attended the conference in question.
  • Check Think. Check. Attend for more information about how to reveal questionable and misleading conferences.  
  • Many questionable conferences are very active in contacting researchers with invitations to attend and present. 
  • Do a Google search for the conference title, organiser etc. Other people often write about their experiences with scam conferences.

Any questions?

Send an email to: duo-hjelp@ub.uio.no

Published Oct. 15, 2015 2:32 PM - Last modified Aug. 31, 2018 11:26 AM