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I'm curious, does anyone else essentially keep a personal blacklist of journals? What causes them to land there?

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@mplouffe Reasons for getting on my bad-journal list may include:

βœ… Refusal to retract a paper that plagiarized me, even after acknowledging that it was indeed stolen
βœ… Holding on to a submitted paper for 6 months and then desk-rejecting it without sending it out for review
βœ… Low-impact venues that have much more demanding formatting requirements for initial submission than higher-impact ones

@bgcarlisle Do the latter two also apply to requests to review manuscripts?

@bgcarlisle I don't either, but was thinking about this because I was asked to referee something yesterday and realized two of the journals on my list are there because of my experience as a reviewer.

@mplouffe Reviewing so far has been pretty straightforward for me at least

But then they've been hand-selected and advocated by my supervisor

So it's been a good experience

@bgcarlisle Most of the journals I've reviewed for have been great. In one case though, I was caught in a power struggle over gender representation on the editorial team. A couple of others have been downright rude or incompetent.

@mplouffe The only journal I would describe as blacklisted is one that has twice treated me badly, in my opinion, when it comes to reviewing my papers. I wouldn't review for them either.

There are others that I believe to be very slow and inefficient, so I prefer to try elsewhere.

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