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Over the past two decades, predatory, deceptive, and other questionable scientific practices have grown exponentially. Contributing factors include the rise of the open access publication model, an upsurge in exploitative scholarly publishing practices, and increased pressure on academics to publish. A particular concern is ‘citation pollution’, where questionable, fake or inferior publications are being incorporated into legitimate research. Detecting and avoiding citation pollution is a complex and growing challenge for all stakeholders in the scholarly ecosystem.
Questionable publications can undermine the quality, integrity, and legitimacy of the published academic record. It has the potential to affect academic rankings and ratings and create lasting damage to an institution’s international reputation. Questionable science contributes to wastage of resources and funds, it affects eligibility for grant allocations, and influences accreditation bodies. Through citation pollution, questionable publications can misdirect future scholarship and hurt science. The current manual process of identifying questionable journals is time-consuming and highly specialised. As a result, many scholars unknowingly contribute to citation pollution.
Fidelior™ has developed a unique service to check references across a variety of recognised journal sources, including so-called journal blacklists, accredited journal lists, vetted disciplinary lists, and citation indices. The service allows users to quickly scan a manuscript or publication’s reference list and receive a report which flags titles that are considered questionable or untrustworthy. The service also reports on reputable titles included in submitted references. The report helps scholars, peer reviewers and institutions to assess the quality of the references they use.
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Is this a trusted journal?
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- Reviewing or assessing a paper’s reference list
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How do I determine if a journal is trustworthy?
Fidelior™ flags questionable and untrustworthy journals to help users conduct their own due diligence. The service also reports on reputable titles included in submitted references. Visit our Resources page for further guidance and useful checklists.
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