5 tips on how not to get to the journal-predator

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Recently, the requirements for all journals that publish research works of scientists have become much stricter. These actions are aimed at protecting the researchers' articles from publications in unscrupulous periodicals. "Predators" are only concerned about their financial benefits, but not about the quality of published material and the development of science around the world. In this article, we prepared for all readers 5 tips on how not to get to journals with a bad reputation.


Tip 1.

First of all, one should pay attention to the scientific metrics of a journal

For a scientist, an important scientometric indicator is the Hirsch index which evaluates his scientific productivity for the entire period of work. That is why many authors strive to improve it with the help of active publications in journals-predators. But such actions are useless because Web of Science and Scopus do not take into account this data at all.


If you want to increase your citation rate, choose the journals with high a impact factor (the WoS) and the SJR (Scopus). They determine the importance of a periodical and are the consequence of the active indexing of valuable research works. To check the indicators of any journal, contact the representative of the editorial board with a request to send a link to them and indexing.


Also, on the websites of journals-predators there can be found such names as Cosmos, Impact Factor, Global IF, International IF and the others. These are definitely fake journals because there is only one impact factor(IF). The only exception is the RSCI impact factor. But this does not mean that, having published a research work in this database, a scientist published his article in the journal with an impact factor. The RSCI is not part of Web of Science, but only uses its methodology.​​​​​​​


Tip 2.

Look for the journals that prescribe and follow the rules of a peer review

Mainly, predators do not provide enough information about the requirements of a peer review. They can not be prescribed on the website unlike top-rated journals included in Web of Science and Scopus. A peer review is a mandatory and multi-stage process for every periodical which requires a number of criteria on formatting and content of scientific material.


Tip 3.

Find out what editorial staff a periodical has, and the way a peer review takes place?

One should become alert if a journal has no editorial board. It should consist of qualified experts who work in specialized establishments and publish their research works. The editorial staff provides peer reviewers for an article's check that specialize in the same research topic as an author. These are reputable scientists who painstakingly study strong and weak points of a research work. A peer review is an anonymous process, so the evaluation is absolutely objective. Experts are strict about plagiarism. Be prepared for the fact that a research work can be returned for revision with recommendations and edits or they can even refuse to publish. If this process was too easy and your research work was immediately decided to be published, it should put you on the alert.  


Tip 4.

Look at the activeness of a journal's publication activity

One more factor to pay attention to when choosing a periodical for publication is its too active publication activity. Such actions contribute only to an increase of a number of articles, and this implies a low quality of information. Publications occur only for show of a journal's work without guarantee of its indexing in the future.


Tip 5.

Attentively analyse the website of a journal

Every periodical should have an official website with all the data on a review process as well as the editorial board. Scientific content is well-structured and can be easily found. All publications are organized in editions and there are publication dates. The web source has information about indexing, impact factor and the SJR. And also, the requirements for article's formatting and the ethics of publishing activity are obligatory. The data on the website is written without grammatical mistakes.


Especially, the assurance of an instant peer review and the requirement of payment before consideration should wary. Quality journals take payment only after a peer review, but definitely not before it. 


Every year, Scopus and Web of Science remove from their databases fake journals that publish research works just for the sake of earnings. From day to day, these databases work to provide subscribers with only high-quality materials and actual information.  


Scientific publications-Publ.Science Company has extensive experience in the selection of journals for scientific publications. Every scientist, when turning to the specialists of this organization, can be sure that his work will be published in a top-rated periodical. The specialists of the company carefully check every journal and constantly conduct negotiations with the editorial board representatives.​​​​​​​

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