Keeping Our Author's Trust
During one of our editorial board meetings in 2018, the question was posed of whether we are to accept articles which cite sources from predatory or suspected predatory publications. Predatory journals are deceptive publications that charge article processing fees and provide rapid publication without the benefit of peer review and editorial quality checks. The discussions revolved around the doubtful credibility of an article that is published in a predatory journal. Ultimately,the board decided that if such an article is cited to support articles submitted to JAFES, it lessens the credibility of the submitted article, and would reflect on the credibility of JAFES. We informed the authors about this resolve and advised them that we cannot accept their article if the reference in question is retained.
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