First predatory journals, now conferences: The need to establish lists of fake conferences

Christian Sonne, Yong Sik Ok, Su Shiung Lam, Jörg Rinklebe, Aage K.O. Alstrup, Ki Hyun Kim

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Science of the Total Environment recently discussed how open access and predatory journals affect the flow of scientific knowledge in an unfortunate way. Now, South Korea's Ministry of Education is intervening to establish a system that will help its researchers avoid the growing global number of fake conferences of low academic and scientific merit. Here, we discuss solutions to this problem with respect to what is needed. Particularly, a list similar to that of Beall's for predatory conferences, without restricting researchers' academic freedom.

Original languageEnglish
Article number136990
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 1



  • Academic freedom
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Overseas
  • Predatory conferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

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