Predatory journals encourage researchers with bulk emails and professional websites to publish contributions for a fee without paying sufficient quality assurance measures.

Scientists should thoroughly examine the choice of a suitable journal. The publisher, the editorial board and the peer review process should be transparent and comprehensible.

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Current media reports are currently drawing attention to dubious business practices that have been on the scientific publishing system for some time.

So-called "Predatory Journals" encourage researchers with mass e-mails and professional websites to publish contributions for a fee without providing sufficient quality assurance measures.

Against this background, scientists should thoroughly examine the choice of a suitable journal. The publisher, the editorial board and the peer review process should be transparent and comprehensible.

The "Think.Check.Submit" campaign provides useful information and a checklist for identifying a suitable journal. In addition, the Helmholtz Association has published a FAQ on Predatory Publishing.

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