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J Pediatr Neurosci. 2018 Oct-Dec;13(4):517-518. doi: 10.4103/JPN.JPN_66_18.

Valuable Research in Fake Journals and Self-boasting with Fake Metrics.

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Department of Pediatric and Neonatal Physiotherapy, Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Mullana, Haryana, India.
Department of Human Resource Management, Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Management, Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed-to-be) University, Mullana, Haryana, India.


Valuable research works are getting wasted by publishing them in so called, fake journals (pseudo journals, hijacked or predatory journals). Fake journals are the journals which do not perform peer review or minimal language editing in the name of peer review. Unaware of negative consequences of publishing in fake journals, budding or novice academician/clinician/researcher continue to fall prey for them. Present scenario, forced them to get their valuable research published for promotion, pay hike, academic or research reputation, etc. But, they boast themselves by publishing them in fake journals with fake metrics. By making publication in fake journals, only the publishers make profit and pseudo enhance the bio-data of novice academician. It is becoming a big business. In this short communication, we have highlighted the most common prevalent issue among the novice or budding academician.


Fake journal; genuine publication; hijacked journal; predatory journals; predatory publishers; pseudo publishing

Conflict of interest statement

The contributing author is an editorial board member of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Journal (POTJ). In addition to that, the author has few publications in Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, POTJ, and International Journal of Physiotherapy and Research which may be predatory journals.

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