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“Over the past decade a group of scholarly journals have proliferated that have become known as “predatory journals” produced by “predatory publishers.” “Predatory” refers to the fact that these entities prey on academicians for financial profit via article processing charges for open access articles, without meeting scholarly publishing standards”
Note: “If an author is aware of predatory publishing and decides to publish a paper in a journal even after experiencing a perfunctory or nonexistent review process, then predatory publishing becomes fraudulent and unethical publishing. It is important that inexperienced researchers be made aware of the difference between an acceptable review process and a fraudulent one.”
Ray, M. (2016). An Expanded Approach to Evaluating Open Access Journals. Journal of Scholarly Publishing,47(4), 307-327.
The membership list for the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. OASPA promotes “a uniform definition of OA publishing, best practices for maintaining and disseminating OA scholarly communications, and ethical standards.”
What is an academic to do?
Harzing, A.W.; Adler N.J. (2016) Disseminating knowledge: From potential to reality – New open-access journals collide with convention, Academy of Management Learning & Education, vol. 15(1):140-156. Available online...Publisher’s version.
Anne-Wil Harzing offers the following suggestions for academics:
“Before submitting to a journal, check:
The editor’s and editorial board’s publication records
Whether the journal’s articles can be found in Google Scholar
Some sample articles from the journal’s website, after all they are Open Access, so do some due diligence
As with any scam: If it sounds too good to be true it usually is....”
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