We know how easy it is to find dangerous or even just misleading information when we search the web for information on CLL and other health issues. It seems that even professionals looking for a journal to publish their research need to be very wary. Jeffrey Beall, a University of Colorado librarian, maintains a searchable list of potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers and journals which has now reached an alarming 550:
One classic example of how these predatory journals work is provided in this post by Beall:
Some computing scientists submitted a joke paper in response to spam from a suspect journal. Their paper, which contained the repeated sentence “Get me off your f—–g mailing list.” was accepted with an anonymous reviewer rating it as an "excellent," fit for the journal and the journal requested a fee of $150 to publish it...
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