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What are predatory journals and how can I recognize them?

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What are predatory journals and how can I recognize them?

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Predatory publishers abuse the open access model by collecting APCs (Article Processing Charges) without providing proper editorial and peer review services. You can often recognize predatory publishers by their aggressive marketing strategies and spam emails. Yet, predatory journals may look legitimate at first sight.

Check our tips for recognizing predatory journals. In addition, you can find recommendations on the website of the initiative Think, Check, Submit.

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