Inclusion of predatory journals in Scopus is inflating scholars’ metrics and advancing careers

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Cortegiani, A., Manca, A., Lalu, M. et al. Inclusion of predatory journals in Scopus is inflating scholars’ metrics and advancing careers. Int J Public Health 65, 3–4 (2020).

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