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How to avoid predatory publishers?

There is a rise of predatory or questionable journals. These journals exploit the open access publishing business model where article processing charges (APCs) are collected from authors for open access publishing. Predatory journals will claim to have proper editorial boards and peer review systems in place. However, in reality, quality of research papers is least of their concern. They will accept your manuscript readily as long as you pay the APC. Their objective is purely to collect APCs from authors, under the guise of open access. This guide aims to share with you why you should avoid these predatory publishers and how to avoid them.