What is it about?

The purpose of this research note is to define and review the extent of “predatory publishing" practices in academic journals in recent years. In addition, to understand what, if any, damage can result from these practices, and to share “warnings signs” for those publishing academic journals for the first time

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Why is it important?

Predatory publishing and predatory journals can dupe authors out of thousands of dollars by persuading them to publish, but not give them the service they should expect. They can also facilitate publication of fake research or data which people can read and follow, even though there is little or no science behind what has been presented to them.

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Predatory publishing is a multi-million dollar industry that defrauds authors, funders and universities and promotes fake science - it is a huge problem in scholarly publishing and academic life, and the more it can be highlighted and scholars educated about its dangers, the better.

Simon Linacre
Cabell's International

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This page is a summary of: Publishing in an Environment of Predation: The Many Things You Really Wanted to Know, but Did Not Know How to Ask, Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, April 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1051712x.2019.1603423.
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