Predatory and pseudo-journals are the journals that copy the scientific name of a journal that does not have a website.
They deceive researchers and students for their financial gain in different ways, such as using the original journal archives, inserting the original journals ISSN, or registering the domain name of the main journals
Fake journals generally exploit the name of a reputable journal that does not have a website and, by designing the website and introducing the main journal, claim that the website is valid.
How to identify predatory and pseudo-journals?
- These journal websites are generally newly designed and the domain registration length is one or two years.
- The journal appearance are generally available as ready-made templates, or there are several simple options, such as “archives” and “contacts us” on the web site.
- In pseudo-journals, there is no access to the full archives of the main journal articles, therefore, they do not have archives or the available archives are incomplete. Check the archive of these journals to make sure the articles are not published elsewhere.
- Check the journal name along with the main editor. Surely, their emails are listed on various websites. Match this email with the emails inserted in fake websites, you certainly find differences.
- The main feature of fake journals is the lack of reviewing process and the high demand for publishing costs.