Centre for Journalology

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Predatory journals

Our team is active studying predatory journals. Predatory journals operate with self-interest in mind. They do not value publication ethics or best practice. Predatory journals sow confusion, waste resources, and degrade the quality of the literature.  Our research on predatory journals has established a consensus definition of what predatory journals are and has contributed to the understand how predatory journals operate. We are now focusing on developing solutions (e.g. tools, policy) to stop predatory journals.

 

At present our focus in this area is to:

1. Develop a one stop shop of educational resources and tools related to predatory journals 

2. Determine if and how work published in predatory journals goes on to be cited

3. Develope a digital journal authenticator tool that will provide users with information about any given journal’s operations

If you are interested in getting involved in our work in this area, please don’t hesitate to reach out. If you have already expressed interest in contributing to our one stop shop, we anticipate communicating next steps in October 2020.

Team publications related to predatory journals include:

2019

Predator journals: no definition, no defence

Nature

2020

Defining predatory journals and responding to the threat they pose: a modified Delphi consensus process

BMJ Open

2020

Stress testing journals: a quasi-experimental study of rejection rates of a previously published paper

BMC Medicine

2020

Checklists to detect potential predatory biomedical journals: A systematic Review

BMC Medicine

2020

Inclusion of predatory journals in Scopus is inflating scholars’ metrics and advancing careers

International Journal of Public Health

2019

What is a predatory journal?: A scoping review

F1000

2019

Knowledge and motivations of researchers publishing in presumed predatory journals: a survey

BMJ Open

 

2018

How predatory journals leak into PubMed

CMAJ

2017

How stakeholders can respond to the rise of predatory journals

Nature Human Behaviour

2017

Stop this waste of people, animals and money

Nature

2017

Illegitimate journals scam even senior scientists

Nature

2017

Is This Conference for Real? Navigating Presumed Predatory Conference Invitations

Journal of Oncology Practice

2017

Predatory Invitations from Journals: More Than Just a Nuisance?

The Oncologist

2017

Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison

BMC Medicine

2016

Stop predatory journals now: Act collaboratively

Annals of Internal Medicine

2015

You are invited to submit..

BMC Medicine