Fake Journals: Not Always Valid Ways to Distinguish Them

Science and Engineering Ethics 21 (5):1391-1392 (2015)

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In their recent paper, Esfe et al. present some criteria for fake journals and propose some ‘features’ to recognize them. While I share most of the authors’ concerns about this issue in general, some of the reported criteria are not fit to differentiate fake journals from genuine ones. Here are some examples derived from their list, which illustrate that such criteria are not necessarily specific to fake journals only, but they could also apply to well-established journals and, therefore, should not be considered as is
Keywords Fake journals  Open access  Publishing bias  Fair publication system  Research misconduct  Publication frenzy  Common science pitfall
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-014-9608-y
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