Journals and publishers setting sights on the unwary

This graph shows an explosion in the number of so-called predatory publishers and journals in the past five years

January 21, 2016
‘Academic’ publishers and titles identified as predatorial, 2011-16

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These operate by publishing academic work with few or no checks in return for a fee.

“Hijacked” journals are those that pretend to be existing, reputable journals in order to dupe academics into sending them their paper and fee.

The figures come from Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, who compiles lists of such journals and publishes them on his blog Scholarly Open Access.

A study of predatory journals released last year found that a majority of academics publishing in such journals were from Asia, particularly India, while the practice was also rife in Nigeria.

It also argued that the term “predatory” is misleading, because many of the academics involved are likely to be fully aware of the journal’s lack of standards, but are nevertheless happy to be published there in the hope that it will boost their careers.

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