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News from Research & Academia
News from Research & Academia

Predatory Publishers and Predatory Conferences

In the past few weeks, university management received media enquiries on predatory publishing. By using aggressive advertising and professional appearance, "predatory journals" ask researchers to submit articles in return for a publication fee without providing sufficient measures of quality assurance. "Predatory conference organisers" pursue similar activities by organising questionable conferences and asking researchers to attend these events.

ARD, NDR, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and SPIEGEL have picked up the problem in a comprehensive investigation. Their investigation shows, that several researchers are affected by the activities of predatory publishers both nationally and internationally. Leibniz University Hannover has also come under scrutiny via an institute of the Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH).

Leibniz University has therefore collected a number of websites which help to check if publications and conferences follow the rules of high scientific integrity. Please find here further information.

The Graduate Academy offers as from next winter term on an eLearning tool in order to learn more about "Good Scientific Practice". You will also find a course on the topic next winter semester. For more information, please consult our next newsletter.