I’ve written about this before; here’s now J. Beall’s take for nature.
and Jeff Beall is right on target!
The article claims these ‘predatory publishers’ are corrupting open access, but how naive and/or arrogant does someone have to be to fall for them? I’ve gotten such requests before and knew immediately they were illegitimate, since I know journals don’t work by soliciting authors, I’m familiar with the journals in my field, and I’m not famous enough to be solicited in any case. They’re scarcely more believable than the Nigerian scams, but at least these are all sent to scientists who should be rational.
Mickey, most of them are obvious, but I have seen some very good ones, too. And you can only detect a pattern if you have seen at least two instances, so if you get hit with a good one the first time….
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