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Predatory Journals and Publishers: Home

A guide for the identification and evaluation of unsavory research
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What is predatory publishing?

Predatory publishing is a growing concern in scholarly research. These publications deceive authors by publishing their papers for a fee without doing the peer review and other editorial services provided by legitimate publishers. While publications in the sciences and biomedicine are most heavily impacted by this exploitative business model, predatory publications exist in every academic discipline.

In the news:

Hern, A. and Duncan, P. (2018, August 10). Predatory Publishers: The journals that churn out fake science. The Guardian.

Stoye, E. (2018, August 06). Predatory conference scammers are getting smarter. Chemistry World.

Stoye, E. (2018, August 03). 5000 German scientists have published in predatory journals. Chemistry World.

Pettit, E. (2018, August 01). These Professors Don’t Work for a Predatory Publisher. It Keeps Claiming They Do. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Lewis, G. (2018, August 01). How I got a hoax academic paper about how UK politicians wipe their bums published. The Independent.

Rowe, A. (2018, July 25). Publishing Industry Scams Are Evolving For The Self-Publishing Age. Forbes.

Kwon, D. (2018, January 17). Sensors Journal Pulls Planned Special Issue Due to Guest Editor’s Fake Credentials. The Scientist.

Kolata, G. (2017, October 30). Many academics are eager to publish in worthless journals. New York Times.

Boodman, E. (2017, September 6). Predatory publishers ensnare even Ivy League scientists - sometimes at taxpayers' expense. STAT.

Moher, D., Shamseer, L., Cobey, K. D., Lalu, M. M., Galipeau, J., Avey, M. T., Ziai, H. (2017). Stop this waste of people, animals and money. Nature, 549(7670), 23-25. doi:10.1038/549023a

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. (2017, September 6). Predatory journals a global problem. Phys.Org

Deprez, E. E. and Chen, C. (2017, August 29). Medical journals have a fake news problem. Bloomberg Businessweek.

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