Current Discussion on Fake Journals

"Predatory publishing", "piracy" or "fake journals" are dubious business models by publishers and magazines, that charge authors fees for publishing services they do not provide. Quality controls such as a peer review process are provided inadequately or not at all . This dubious publishing practice runs the risk that unchecked, perhaps erroneous, research results (half-truths or corporate advertising) will be published and referenced in scientific texts. This calls into question the reliability of scientific literature.


Please check journals by the following criteria:

  • Does the journal fit in with your own department / subject area?
  • Is the title very similar to a well-known journal?
  • Does an ISSN exist and is this registered?
  • What is the layout like? Is the publisher`s website consistent or copied from other sites?
  • Does the website address the readers or authors?
  • Can you find the journal in: Journal Citation Reports, DOAJ, Scimago, Scopus?
  • Is the publisher a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) or Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)?
  • Does a publisher appear in several journals that differ in themes?
  • Are there any unrealistic dates regarding the completion of the peer review process?
  • Do the contractual agreements leave a respectable impression (rights of use, publication fees, etc