There is a rise in email solicitations requesting manuscripts for unfamiliar journals or invitations to unknown academic conferences or worse scam websites using the name of existing conference series. These emails often can be traced back to seemingly legitimate websites such as to OMICS or WASET which invite potential authors to submit manuscripts without informing them of pricey author fees, or fraudulently listing academic editors who have nothing to do with the journal or conference.
This phenomenon has been called “the dark side of open access,” the movement to make scholarly publications freely available.
The number of these journals and conferences has exploded in recent years as scientific publishing has shifted from a traditional business model for professional societies and organizations built almost entirely on subscription revenues to open access, which relies on authors or their backers to pay for the publication of papers online, where anyone can read them.
Such problems can be avoided by using links to conference events published in established websites such as our own IAHR website or from reliable e-zines such as NewsFlash World or NewsFlash Europe.
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