Inquiry Form about "Predatory Journals"

It is very difficult to determine whether a journal (or publisher) is a "Predatory Journal" (or "Predatory Pulisher"), and it is important to make a comprehensive judgment based on a variety of information sources. If you have even the slightest doubt about the journal to which you are submitting your paper, please do not submit it, but rather make a comprehensive review and judgment based on a variety of information sources. We accept questions and information about Predatory Journals.   

  • Question: If you have any doubts about your decision when considering where to submit your work, please do not hesitate to ask. We will research and respond with information that will help you make a decision.
  • Reporting: If you find anything suspicious in the submission or peer review process, please let us know. We will accumulate cases and use them as a reference for our work.

The content of your questions and reports will be compiled in a form that removes personal information and will be used to support your research. We appreciate your cooperation.

Please visit our website "Caution Regarding Predatory Journals". It will show you detailed information and educational leaflet.

※Only Kyoto University members can use this form.

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    About Predatory Journals
    Your Name *
    Faculty/Department *
    Status *
    e.g. Undergraduate Student / Graduate(Master) / Graduate(Doctor) / Research Student / Research Fellow / Faculty / Staff / Professor Emeritus / Graduate School / Other / Non-KU members
    Email address * KUmail/KUMOI address preferred.
    Phone number *
    Inquiry type * Question(You will get an answer.)Reporting(case collection only)
    May we ask for more details about the situation? (To accumulate and refer to the cases at KU.) * YesNo
    Suspicious Journal, Publisher (and its URL) *
    Select the type of your case *(Multiple answers allowed) Get numerous emails soliciting submissions.Considering submitting a paper but did not submit it/not sureHaving doubts after submitting the paper.Asked to become a reviewer, but I didn't accept/haven't decide yetHaving doubts after agreeing to be a peer reviewer.Asked to become on the editorial board but did not accept/haven't decide yet.Having doubts after agreeing to be on the editorial board.I was used my name as a reviewer or editorial board member without permission.Other researchers' experiences.Other (free description)*Please fill in the space below.
    Please describe in detail any suspicious points, actual problems you encountered, or questions you had.*

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