(March 2022) InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) is a global network of over 140 science, engineering and medical academies that work together to support the role of science in seeking solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. In 2020, IAP launched a two-year study on Combatting Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences, generously funded by The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF), and governed by an international working group supported by a professional secretariat.
The primary objective of the study was to identify practicable and effective interventions that can curb and help combat the concerning rise in predatory journals and conferences, and provide recommendations to key stakeholder communities to this effect. The Working Group has drawn evidence from a unique survey of academicians and researchers from all over the world; gained insights and perspectives from dialogues with global, regional and national practitioners from key stakeholder communities; and conducted an extensive literature review. An important outcome of these activities has been a better understanding of what is meant by predatory journals and conferences; the extent to which they have pervaded the global research community; and what can be done to combat them.
The report is available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Portuguese, and can be downloaded here.