Predatory journals are the scientific equivalent of fake news. They fast track the publishing of research articles through low editorial standards and non-rigorous science. These non-peer reviewed articles are damaging for researchers, the open access scientific community, and scientists looking to publish their work.
What it does
Our solution is a browser extension that works with google chrome. The user receives a pop-up warning when they are viewing an article that comes from a potentially predatory journal.
How we built it
We used python to extract journal names from two separate lists of predatory journals: Beall's list (https://beallslist.weebly.com/) and Scholarly Open Access (https://web.archive.org/web/20170111172309/https://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/)
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Incorporating JQuery into a google chrome extension to allow real time search of our predatory journal database.
What we learned
What's next for Tru
Better user interface that provides animated warnings. Machine learning integration to suggest similar articles for the user that aren't from predatory journals.