Dangers during articles publication in the journals-predators

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Every researcher who wants to present his research works to the world or receive an international calling understands that this can be done most effectively by publishing his scientific works. 

Also, there are other reasons why you might need to publish an article, for example, getting a degree and participating in grants. At the same time, many Universities from the former Soviet Union strive to bring their requirements into compliance with the international standards what is the explaination of the increased attention of educational establishments to the integrity and quality of periodicals the publications in which are counted for obtaining an academic rank. Along with requirement strengthening of Universities, a number of periodicals that neglect ethical, editorial and scientific norms for profit-making is growing up – such journals are called predatory or journals-predators. Controlled by the strict requirements of Universities, on the one hand, and not being sure in the integrity of the periodical, on the other hand, an author of research works proves to be in the difficult situation the possible ways out of which we will describe in this article. 

First of all, let us define what represent the journals which are called predators. The need to identify such journals arose as far back as in 2010, when Jeffrey Bill, an American librarian, for the first time introduced the concept of "predatory journal".  In his day, he counted that such unprincipled periodicals published about 5 or 10% of all articles submitted for open access, and at least 25% of open access journals were "predatory". To date, these figures have significantly increased. The main particularity of the predator is the absence of the peer review and fees for an article's publishing. But one should keep in mind that the availability of payment in itself does not make the journal a predator because in many respected periodicals there is a publication fee that is charged after passing a peer review process. At the moment of pre-familiarization it might seem that the periodical complies with all international standards. However, a detailed analysis clarifies such important details as, for example, systematic increase of the volumes of publications or the absence of qualitative scientific material in published articles. If a journal has such particularities, it has great chances not to pass the verification of moderators of the international scientometric databases. 

Why are journals-predators dangerous? The main particularity is that they can be excluded from scientometric databases at any time that, in its turn, will entail the inability to index a published article. Besides, even if such a periodical is still in Scopus or WoS and formally all the requirements for obtaining an academic rank are met, the absence of recognition of a journal-predator in the scientific community depreciates the reference to it in your CV or business communication. 

So, what is the way of determining which scientific journals will be suitable for the publication of your articles? Of course, before submitting one's articles to this or that journal, one should study in detail the information from the scientometric databases in which it is included. However, there are some particularities here - not all information about the journals is in open access and the most effective solution for a detailed analysis of the periodical will be the involvement of a professional expert company that provides scientometric services. Quite a simple, but effective solution can be submitting the articles only to well-known and reputable publishing houses. But in this case, the submitted material should be of the highest quality because in such kind of publishing houses there is a big queue for publishing the article and high requirements for its formatting as well as the content of scientific material. When trying to publish an article in such a journal, an author is likely to have problems related to the long term of the article's publication and very high requirements for the submitted material. 

As we have already made sure, in order to successfully publish an article, an author should do a large amount of work not only on bringing his research to the international standards and the requirements of the certain journal, but also on a comprehensive analysis of journals in which he wants to be published. It is not always possible to go through the whole publication process on one's own. Besides, there is always a risk of accidentally submitting an article to a "predator" that is fraught with the loss of not only your money, but also time. 

The specialists of Scientific Publications-Publ.Science Company are always ready to help you at any stage of preparation of the material and publish an article. But what part of the work to do yourself and what to delegate to the specialists is up to you. ​​​​​​​

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