Genesis and Nature of This Blog

This blog is an offshoot of Forensic Science, Statistics & the Law. Two of the most popular postings were lists of flaky academic journals and conferences and correspondence with some of them. The criteria for inclusion on the lists are unsolicited email to me (especially those asking for papers in fields in which I am manifestly unqualified), other indications of shady practices or possible incompetence in the subject areas, and reports on other websites such as Beall's list. The burgeoning length of the lists and supporting information made them unwieldy, so I decided they merited separate blogs that could be more readily updated and searched. (21 Dec. 2016, modified 29 Nov. 2018)
Postings are not limited to journal publishers. They also include book publishers who spam for potential authors. Not all the journal and book publishers discussed in these pages are "predatory." Rather than assign that label, I list or highlight verifiable facts about the publishers or publications that authors might wish to consider. Over time, some of these facts may become dated. Corrections and new information are welcome. These can be submitted as comments to postings. Comments appear after I have time to screen out the ones that are advertisements or that supply no new or useful information to readers. (10 August 2018, modified 29 Nov. 2018)

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