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Is that a real scientific journal? Look carefully!

  1. Apr 8, 2013 #1


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    Is that a "real" scientific journal? Look carefully!

    Article in today's New York Times about the increasing number of open-access scientific journals, some or many of which have questionable legitimacy:

    Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)
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  4. Apr 8, 2013 #3

    Ben Niehoff

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    I get emails about every other week from various fake journals about a "call for papers". A big tipoff is when they address me as Professor. lol
  5. Apr 8, 2013 #4
    I never trusted open access journals outside of arxiv. I usually go through aps as I was able to obtain free subscriptions to research papers because of my student status etcetera. Otherwise, google scholar is a good tool to use for your research as well as readcube that compiles a bunch of credible research articles related to certain topics that you would like to know more about.

    I use readcube more often than any other engine as I tend to get more information if I go that route. All in all, I'd tread along the "open-access" a bit carefully.
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