Predatory journals

From Wikipedia: “Predatory open-access publishing is an exploitative open-access academic publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not). The idea that they are “predatory” is based on the view that academics are tricked into publishing with them, though some authors may be aware that the journal is poor quality or even fraudulent.”

Personally, I get a lot of spam email from these type of journals. This site keeps a list of such journals. That being said, because of such spam, I am not sure whether journals that I am unfamiliar with or are new are predatory or not:

Dear …,

We came across a very interesting article of yours:


On behalf of our Guest Editors Prof. Andrew Ware (University of South
Wales, UK) and Prof. Athanasios G. Malamos (Technological Educational
Institution of Crete, Greece), we would like to invite you to contribute
either a review or a research paper, to be published in the Special
Issue “Artificial Intelligence Supported Design and Innovation” of the
journal Designs (ISSN 2411-9660;

*Special Issue Scope*
The primary objective of the Special Issue is to present a coherent and
comprehensive analysis of developments relating to the application of
artificial intelligent techniques in the field of design and innovation.
The topics include, but are not limited to the following: Creativity;
Intelligent design; Computer-aided design; Algorithm-driven design; UI
and UX design; Games design; Planning design; Personal Assistant systems
design; Optimization/evaluation in engineering design; Sensing and AI
signal processing and control; Cognitive design; Decision support; Deep
learning; Crowdsourcing design […]
More details about this Special Issue can be found at:

*Author Benefits*
Designs is one of MDPI’s open access journals, which covers all aspects
of *Engineering Designs* research. Our authors enjoy the benefits of:
1. *No charges* for well-prepared contributions; free English editing
service after acceptance;
2. Open access and high visibility: unlimited access, various
promotional activities and academic event presentations;
3. Rapid response from submission to first decision within approx. 3
weeks, publication within approx. 6 weeks;
4. No restrictions on the length of manuscripts.

The official deadline for full paper delivering is 20 *February* 2019.
You may submit your manuscript at any time until this deadline. Accepted
papers will be published immediately, and do not need to wait other
planned manuscripts.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look
forward to having a cooperation with you on this project. 🙂

Best regards,

Mr. Ryan Pei
Managing Editor, Designs

On behalf of Guest Editors

Prof. Dr. Andrew Ware
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science,
University of South Wales,
Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, UK

Prof. Dr. Athanasios G. Malamos
Multimedia, Networks and Communications Laboratory,
Department of Informatics Engineering,
Technological Educational Institution of Crete,
Estavromenos 71401, Heraklion Crete, Greece

MDPI, Designs Editorial Office
St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Switzerland




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