Predatory and fake scientific journals/publishers: A global outbreak with rising trend: A review

Geographica Pannonica. 2014;18(3):69-81

 

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Journal Title: Geographica Pannonica

ISSN: 0354-8724 (Print); 1820-7138 (Online)

Publisher: University of Novi Sad, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management

LCC Subject Category: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Geography (General)

Country of publisher: Serbia

Language of fulltext: English

Full-text formats available: PDF

 

AUTHORS

Lukić Tin (University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Novi Sad)
Blešić Ivana (University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Novi Sad)
Basarin Biljana (University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Novi Sad)
Ivanović Bibić Ljubica (University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Novi Sad)
Milošević Dragan (University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Novi Sad)
Sakulski Dušan (University of the Free State, Disaster Management Training and Education Centre (DiMTEC), Bloemfontein, South Africa)

EDITORIAL INFORMATION

Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

Instructions for authors

Time From Submission to Publication: 4 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

In recent times some publishers are intensively exploiting the model of open access publishing. During the last several years, studies have shown that there was a substantial increase in the number of fake publishers and hijacked journals. These cyber criminals make money by stealing the identities of legitimate journals and collecting the article processing charges on the papers that are submitted. This is all accomplished by a well developed framework that includes web development steps, intensive e-mail marketing and victim selections. This review article strives to recommend that the Beall's list of predatory publishers and journals should be consulted every time when an author plans to submit scientific work to some of the journals that are indexed by Thomson Reuters/Institute for Scientific Information-ISI and covered by the Journal Citation Report. Also, the authors are advised to be 'up to date' with new information regarding this controversial topic by informing themselves through various web-sites and specialized scientific portals. The review paper itself strives to summarize the most recent investigations on predatory and spurious journals/publishers which affect the entire scientific community, thus representing an outbreak with rising trend not only on national and regional level, but on global level as well.