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Predatory Publishing

This guide aims to assist with Open Access publishing by helping to identify potential non-scholarly, for profit only publishing practices, also known as predatory publishing.

The Latest Scholarly Articles

Selected Scholarly Articles

Babor, T., & Ward, J. (2018). Caveat Emptor: Predatory Publishers, Rogue Journals, and the Potential Corruption of Addiction Science. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(4), 509–513.

Beall, J. (2013). Predatory publishing is just one of the consequences of gold open accessLearned Publishing26(2), 79-84.

Beall, J. (2016). Dangerous predatory publishers threaten medical researchJournal of Korean Medical Science31(10), 1511-1513.

Beall, J. (2016). Best practices for scholarly authors in the age of predatory journalsThe Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England98(2), 77-79.

Beall, J. (2017). What I learned from predatory publishers. Biochemia Medica27(2), 273-278.

Bell, K. (2017). Predatory’Open Access journals as parody: Exposing the limitations of ‘legitimate’academic publishing. Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society, 15(2), 651-662.

Berger, M. (2017). Everything you ever wanted to know about predatory publishing but were afraid to ask. In ACRL 2017, Baltimore, Maryland, March 22 - 25, 2017. [Conference paper]

Bohannon, J. (2013). Who’s afraid of peer reviewScience342(6154).

Bowman, J.D. (2014) Predatory publishing, questionable peer review, and fraudulent conferences, Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78(10): Article 176. 

Buschman, J. (2020). A Political Sociology of the Beall’s List Affair. The Library Quarterly (Chicago), 90(3), 298–313.

Clark, J., & Smith, R. (2015). Firm action needed on predatory journals. BMJ. 350:h210. 

Eve, M. P., & Priego, E. (2017). Who is actually harmed by Predatory Publishers? Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society15(2), 755-770.

Harvey, H. B., & Weinstein, D. F. (2017). Predatory publishing: an emerging threat to the medical literature. Academic Medicine, 92(2), 150-151.

Krawczyk, F., & Kulczycki, E. (2020). How is open access accused of being predatory? The impact of Beall’s lists of predatory journals on academic publishing. The Journal of Academic Librarianship. Available online, November 2020.

Laine C, Winker MA. (February 15, 2017). Identifying Predatory or Pseudo-Journals. World Association of Medical Editors. 

Manca, A., Martinez, G., Cugusi, L., Dragone, D., Mercuro, G., & Deriu, F. (2017). Predatory open access in rehabilitationArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation98(5), 1051-1056.

Moher, D., & Srivastava, A. (2015). You are invited to submit…. BMC Medicine13(1), 180.

Shamseer, L., Moher, D., Maduekwe, O., Turner, L., Barbour, V., Burch, R., . . . Shea, B. J. (2017). Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross - sectional comparison. BMC Medicine, 15(1), 28.

Shen, C., & Björk, B. C. (2015). ‘Predatory’ open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics. BMC Medicine13(1), 230.

Xia, J., Harmon, J. L., Connolly, K. G., Donnelly, R. M., Anderson, M. R., & Howard, H. A. (2015). Who publishes in “predatory” journals?Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology66(7), 1406-1417.

Predatory Publishers 2011-2016

This graph shows an explosion in the number of so-called predatory publishers and journals in the past five years.
Source: Matthews, D. (2016). Journals and publishers setting sights on the unwary. Times Higher Education.


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