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Some scam artists claim they have scientific journal publications to their name to reinforce their professional and reputable standing. These claims may simply be false and you can check with scientific journal databases to be sure (a free one called PubMed is available online from the National Institutes of Health in the USA). Other journals are obscure and it may be difficult to confirm any publication claim. Of course those that claim publication in "well known, reputable journals" but do not give you specific references you can check, are immediately suspect.

However, claims of journal publications may actually be true. There are good scientific journals and there are bad ones. Some journals do not properly review research papers submitted to them or may not review them at all. They are simply accepted at face value. Other journals may be fooled by false research information. Fabrication of scientific results is possible and occasionally occurs even among true professionals.