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Research Impact and Evaluation

Why is this a problem?

The choice of where to publish or where to present is important.   Especially for early-career authors it can affect whether you get grant funds and whether you get tenure.  It also will affect reputation and whether you are able to reach the audience of fellow researchers you wish to reach by publishing.

A fraudulent journal site may claim respectable impact factor, peer review, connections with real scholarly societies, etc.

  • Be Careful: Check links, search society, publisher and journal titles in search engines. Names and titles can be very similar.  Search the internet; often scams are discussed in blogs.
    Hijacked journals may be especially difficult to detect; be aware of domain names and investigate. "Journal hijacking is the process of maliciously setting up a duplicate website for a respected journal and then inviting article submissions for the legitimate journal on the hijacked page" [Jeffrey Beall, 4/25/13]l.
  • Distraction Watch Nice collection of examples of emails from questionable publishers and conferences. Submit your own examples!
  • What is a predatory publisher?

Fake and questionable publishers, journals & conferences in the news