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Predatory (vs. Professional) Publishing

This guide is designed to help CSUN faculty navigate scholarly publishing, such as to determine which journals to publish in and/or serve on editorial boards.

Warning signs

While these examples may seem outlandish, they are actual examples of solicitations sent to CSUN faculty. Use the rest of this guide to assess the validity of such a request for publication or inclusion on an editorial board, and research the journal/publisher. No one factor makes these journals predatory: it is a combination of aspects such as an overly broad array of subjects covered, consumer (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo) email addresses for editors, exorbitant "open access" fees to publish, etc. If you receive a solicitation like this, read it carefully and work with your subject specialist librarian.

Sample solicitation to a marketing professor

Call for Papers

Journal of Business and Social Science Review (JBSSR)

ISSN Print: 2690-0866; ISSN Online: 2690-0874

DOI: 10.48150/jbssr 

Frequency: Monthly (12 issues per year)

Nature: Print and Online

Language of Publication: English

E-Publication FirstTM Facilities

Editor E-mail:


Issue: JBSSR is inviting papers for Vol. 2 No. 6

Publication Date: 30 June, 2021

Submission Last Date: 25 June 2021


Publisher: American Research and Publication Center (ARPC) Website:


Article Types: JBSSR publish full length research articles, review articles, case story, short communication, conceptual framework, short communication, thesis papers, empirical research, e-books, book reviews, and etc.


Publishing Areas: Business, International Business, Management, Marketing, Finance, Economics, Banking, Accounting, Human Resources Management, Hotel and Tourism, Entrepreneurship Development, Business Ethics, International Relations, Law, Development Studies, Population Studies, Political Science, History, Journalism and Mass Communication, Corporate Governance, Cross-Cultural Studies, Public Administration, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, Women Studies, Religious Studies, Social Welfare, Anthropology, Linguistics, Education and So On.


You can submit your manuscript two ways: 

1.   You can send your paper directly to the Editor Email:

2.   You can submit through the website Submission link:

Note: If you are a Yahoo user then send Manuscript:


With thanks,


Steven Brower

Executive Editor

Journal of Business & Social Science Review (JBSSR)


For more information, visit the official website of the journal

Note: If you not interest, Please Forward this Email to

Sample solicitation to a kinesiology professor

We are contacting from Asian Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies ( This journal follows highly respected OPEN peer-review system (Example:

Average time for Review Decision: 7-10 days from submission date
Average time for Publication: 10-12 days from submission date

Indexing: ProQuest, EBSCOhost (USA), HINARI (United Nation's Database), Google Scholar, SHERPA/RoMEO (UK), Ulrich's, CrossRef.

Discounted publication charge is 20 USD, for manuscripts submitted within this month. Original publication charge is 500 USD after this offer period. Journal hard copies and article reprints are available at extremely nominal cost.

Manuscript submission
Best regards,
Dr Sumita Kar
Reg. Office:
: Third Floor, 207 Regent Street, London, W1B 3HH,UK, Registered in England and Wales, Company Registration Number: 8988029, Fax: +44 20-3031-1429
India: U GF, DLF City Phase-III, Gurgaon, 122001, Delhi NCR,  Tele: +91 9434356957


Another solicitation to a marketing professor

Call for Papers

International Journal of Business & Economic Development

ISSN:  2692-5591 (Print), 2692-5583 (Online)


International Journal of Business & Economic Development is an open access, peer reviewedinternational academic journal published byInternational Center for Promoting Knowledge (ICPK), USA. It covers the areas of business and Economic Development such as management, marketing, finance, economics, banking, accounting, human resources management, international business, hotel and tourism, entrepreneurship development, business ethics, international relations, law, development studies, population studies, Econometrics, Agricultural Economics, Managerial Economics, International Economics, Labor Economics, Public Finance, Political Economy, Game Theory, Health Economics, Development Studies, Population Studies, National Economy, Monetary and Financial Economics, Economics of Work and Family, Immigration Economics, Applied Economics, Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Education Finance and Budgeting, Regional Economics, Economic Blocks, Education in the Economy, Environmental Economics, The Law, Economics, and Organizations, The Industrial Organization, Economic Development, Economic History, Development Economics, Market Design and Electronic Marketplaces, Economics of the Natural Resources and Climate Change, Environmental Economics and Policy, Industry Structure, Strategy, and Public Policy, Economics of European Integrations, American Economic Policy, Corporate Finance, Psychology and Economics, Economic Theory and so on.


IJBED publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews.


IJBED is indexed with and included in Cabell, DOAJ, EBSCO, Ulrich’s,ProQuest, IndexCopernicusInternational,Gale and Moreover the journal is under the indexing process with ISI, ERIC, Scopus, and Econlit.


IJBED is inviting papers for Vol. 2  No. 2 which is scheduled to be Published on July 31, 2021. Last date of Submission: June 30, 2021. However, an early submission will get preference in case of review and publication process.

The journal is being published online as well as in print form.

Journals are processing to assign a DOI number.

Send your manuscript to the editor at or

For more information, visit the official website of the journal or email the executive editor at

With thanks,

Dr. Michael J. Littman


International Journal of Business & Economic Development

Submission E-mail: or

Sample invitation to fake editorial board (to kinesiology professor)

Greetings from Gexin Publications.

I trust everything is fine from your end.

It is with great pleasure that I write to invite you to join the editorial board of Journal of Rehabilitation Practices and Research 

The Journal of Rehabilitation Practices and Research is an international open access newly launched journal devoted towards Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. All the articles published under Gexin journals are fully peer-reviewed and cover wide range of academic disciplines.

As you are one of the eminent scientists in this field, so we would like to have your expertise for the better future of our journal. We understand about your busy research schedule and we plan according as per your time commitment.

Editorial Responsibilities-

1. Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
2. 1-2 manuscripts per year to review as per your research interest.
3. Suggestion towards the maintenance of journal standard.

Hope you accept our invitation and you are requested send us your CV, short Bio data (150 words), key words of your research interests and recent passport size photo (to be displayed on the Journal’s website).

We are keenly looking forward to receiving your positive response. For further queries and concern, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,
Gexin Publications
Odisha, India

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