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Online Guide Helps Researchers Spot Predatory Publishers and Conferences

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McMaster University Library has released a research guide to help determine whether a research publication is legitimate.

The online resource will help the research community spot a predatory publisher or conference. It's expected to be particularly helpful for early career researchers and graduate students.

Deceptive publishers, commonly referred to as "predatory journals," are for-profit entities that purport to publish high-quality academic research, but do not follow accepted scholarly practices.

"This resource guide will be a tremendous asset for our research community as we continue to see an increase in the number of unsolicited requests for publications," says Karen Mossman, vice president, Research at McMaster.

From McMaster University
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