Tag Archives: predatory journals

There is no black and white definition of predatory publishing

(13 May 2020)  The nature and extent of predatory publishing is highly contested. Whilst debates have often focused defining journals and publishers as either predatory or not predatory. Kyle Siler argues that predatory publishing encompasses a spectrum of activities and that by understanding this ambiguity, we can better understand and make value judgements over where legitimacy […]


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Thousands of researchers in Australia appear on editorial boards of ‘predatory’ journals

One in four said they were not aware of their names being used. (15 Apr 2020) More than 3,700 researchers based at Australian institutions — roughly 7% of the country’s academic community — as of mid-2019 appeared on the editorial boards of journals that are potentially predatory. That’s the finding of a new study, which examined how […]


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India’s fight against predatory journals: an interview with Professor Bhushan Patwardhan

(5 Feb 2020)  Predatory journals find most of their prey in developing countries, and in particular, among emerging economies where research output is rapidly growing. Bhushan Patwardhan is a biomedical researcher and Professor of Health Sciences at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) of India, and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 43: predatory practices revisited – misunderstandings and positive actions

 “Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.” (Nature, 2019)   By Ruth A. Pagell* (22 Dec 2019) This article looks […]


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Cabells reviews and adds 12,000th publication to its Journal Blacklist

(2 Oct 2019)  Cabells, the complete source for journal information, evaluation metrics, and submission details for authors, has reviewed and added the 12,000th publication to its Journal Blacklist. The updated database offers Cabells’ users the ability to verify that potential outlets for their research are not deceptive and fraudulent predatory journals. This is a significant milestone […]


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Predatory journals could damage the legitimacy of scientific publishing – warn three leading medical writing organizations

(29 Jul 2019) ‘Predatory journals’ pose a danger that could undermine the quality, integrity, and reliability of published scientific research, a new joint statement from three leading organizations, professional in medical writing and publication planning, has warned. The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), and International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) […]


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