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Predatory Journals and Publishers

A guide for the identification and evaluation of unsavory research

What is a predatory conference?

Many predatory publishers have expanded their business models to include conferences and other professional meetings. While these may be advertised as legitimate events, these are often not affiliated with any professional society and exist solely to generate revenue for the publisher.

Some warning signs of a predatory conference are:

  • Unusual invitation emails
  • Unprofessional websites
  • Inconsistent conference/series information
  • Sponsored by unrecognizable organizations or journals
  • Too general or too specific scope
  • Promised quick acceptance of  proposals
  • Unreasonable or unstated claims about the peer review process
  • Held in multiple worldwide locations annually

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