Rodolfo Daniel Cervantes-Villagrana
Rodolfo Daniel Cervantes-Villagrana
PhD
Cinvestav-IPN
CDMX, Mexico

How to fight predatory journals?

What are the strategies that researchers can carry out to prevent the growth of predatory journals?
Dr Theofanis Vavilis
Dr Theofanis Vavilis
BSc, MSc, PhD
Laboratory of Medical Biology - Genetics , Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Greece.
Dr
Thessaloniki, Greece
1d ago
First of all, do not be part of the problem: they exist as long as they have an audience that is willing to take part in any form. This includes reviewing for them, being on their editorial board, sending manuscripts... i would go as far as say providing citations to them.

Furthermore i think that a "whitelist" should be made of journals that are not predatory. Its best rather than a list of predatory ones - take into account the aftermath of Bohannon's experiment.

Unfortunately, journal misconduct comes as an integral problem of the publish or perish culture. While this mentality migjt not change soon, for the time being it is useful to weed oit predators and keep up the productions of quality (vs quantity) manuscripts.
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Dr. Carlo Carandang
Dr. Carlo Carandang
MD, MSc
Carlo Carandang, MD, FAPA
Psychiatrist
Seattle, Washington, United States
5h ago
Nobody really reads those predatory journals. I used to be an editor for an academic journal, and it takes alot of effort to get subscribers and eyeballs on the journal. If you don't have subscribers and eyeballs, your journal is doomed.
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Dr Sameer Zope
Dr Sameer Zope
MDS
Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University
Associate professor
Karad, Maharashtra, India
4 days ago
Usually predatory journals are paid ones. They bombard target authors with lot of spam mails and lure them with some or other offers like waiver in publication charges. So authors should do little homework regarding authentication of journal before falling pray to such mails or advertisement by predatory publishing houses.
2. Governing bodies should frame some stringent rule for release of new journals by publishing houses in an attempt to promote more authentic journal publishing.
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Dr Mohammad H Yarmohammadian
Dr Mohammad H Yarmohammadian
PhD, PostDoc
Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Professor
Isfahan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
4 days ago
You should:
- cross check the name and Journal ESSN in both the Journal website as well as valid indexing journal master list such as ISI, Scopus, PubMed,...
- Check the publishing process, publishing time and editorial board
- review past issues, check black lists, predatory journal lists
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Dr. Roddy Hiram
Dr. Roddy Hiram
PhD
Montreal Heart Institute
Post-Doctorate Fellow
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11h ago
As we all receive scams from these journals,

I think a database or a warning website, even a (social media page ) should be created to blacklist them and make it easier for the scientist community to identify & avoid them.
Mostafa Dianatinasab
Mostafa Dianatinasab
MSc
Shahroud University of Medical Sciences
Faculty Member
Shahroud, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
1d ago
Do not contribute with those journals. Maybe an important solution is that researchers should be aware of the predatory journal and real journals. By checking ISI Cularative website, SCOPUS sources and PubMed/Medline catalog.
Dr. John Ngoy Kalenga
Dr. John Ngoy Kalenga
PhD
Faculty of Economics, Hosei University
Lecturer
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
1d ago
There are many ways to deal with this issue. First, it is important to ignore their emails. Second, the wise way to discourage them is to avoid any kind of collaboration as an author, reviewer, and board member. Third, it may be a good idea to create a database that discloses their names on Social Media.
DR SUPRATIM DATTA
DR SUPRATIM DATTA
MBBS,MD,PGDCRRA
CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
PROFESSOR AND HEAD
GANGTOK, SIKKIM, India
1d ago
Publications in predatory journals should not be taken into consideration for the purpose of career progression, such as promotions and incentives. However,a predatory journal has to be very well defined, prior to withholding privileges.
Mr Peter B James
Mr Peter B James
B.Pharm. Hons ,MMed
University of Technology Sydney
PhD Student/Research Assistant
Sydney, NSW, Australia
1d ago
By publishing in reputable journals and publishers such as BMJ, Elsevier, BMC (SPRINGER), Talyor and Francis etc. The way I identify predatory journals
1. They will send you emails to submit to their journals
2. Their website looks fictitious
3. Used bogus impact factor matrix to lure you into submitting your work
4. most of their published papers are substandard
5. The time between manuscript submission and acceptance is super short
6. Not indexed in any of the known databases such as PubMed, web science, Scopus, Embase etc
Bayu Begashaw Bekele
Bayu Begashaw Bekele
MPH
Mizan Tepi University
Mizan-Aman, Southern Ethiopia, Ethiopia
2 days ago
That is alright.
I recommend the researchers to be familiar with the most reputable journals and publishers. To do this there should be a system that interconnects the world academic institutions in one chain.
Otherwise, it is a huge loss and scientific works devaluation all the world due to those journals.
Giuseppe Baldino
Giuseppe Baldino
Ente Ospedaliero Ospedali Galliera
M.D.
Genova, Liguria, Italy
2 days ago
Simply do not publish and download their articles, unless the editorial board has a very high scientific profile..... after all, Elsevier also has many open access Journals
Patrizio Tressoldi
Patrizio Tressoldi
PhD
Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Università di Padova
Researcher
Padova, Italy
2 days ago
My suggestion is to avoid any collaboration both as author, editor and reviewer
Dr. Luis L Fonseca
Dr. Luis L Fonseca
PhD
The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory
Research Scientist
Atlanta, GA
2 days ago
Ignore their emails.
Wim Crusio
Wim Crusio
PhD
Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Integratives d'Aquitaine
Research director
Pessac (Bordeaux), France
2 days ago
That is actually rather simple: don't ever publish in any of those journals, don't download the articles they publish, do not agree to be on their editorial boards, don't ever cite their articles, and warn your colleagues. For example, I often tweet a warning when I get a spam email from a predatory journal.
Prof Alun Jones
Prof Alun Jones
PhD, Msc (distinction). MA, PGD psychoanalysis,
University of Chester
Dr.
Wrexham, Wrexham, United Kingdom
2 days ago
They carry little in the way of credibility except to the unititiated. It's really a question of checking carefully. The reviews are of poor quality and fees extortionate.Admin also tends to be of very poor quality.Avoid them.
Antonio Simone Laganà
Antonio Simone Laganà
MD
University of Insubria
Medical Doctor
Varese, Italy
2 days ago
One simple method is to avoid to publish in this type of Journals.
In this way, they will "physiologically" disappear.
Faruk Skenderi
Faruk Skenderi
MD, MSc
University of Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina
2 days ago
Raise awareness of any predatory journal experience on blogs, forum, social media . That will help other people see concerns and avoid such "journals".
But there are people who deliberately publish in such journals, for their academic tenures. Those publications must not be accepted as valid in the respected university or country.
Check this article: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/12/04/482174
Dr Khawar Jabran
Dr Khawar Jabran
PhD
Duzce University
Dr.
Duzce, Duzce, Turkey
2 days ago
Submit to journals that have an editorial board of professionals from the field.
Choose journals that publish in a specific field.
Ahsan Ullah
Ahsan Ullah
Govt degree college pindi bhattian
Mr.
Hafizabad, Pakistan
2 days ago
Stop submitting articles to such journals
Also communicate about these journals with others
mr Agete Tadewos
mr Agete Tadewos
MSc
Hawassa University
college of Medicine and Health Sciences
Hawassa, SNNPR, Ethiopia
2 days ago
by excluding review request and by not sending manuscripts to those journals
Dr. Samir S Shoughy
Dr. Samir S Shoughy
MD
The Eye Center and The Eye Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 days ago
This is a real threat to the integrity and quality of research. I simply ignore most of the invitations I receive from such journals. Each researcher is aware about the decent journal in his specialty and can simply distinguish between journals n terms of quality and impact factor. We should abstain from submission to these journals under any circumstances.
Sohail Safdar
Sohail Safdar
Nishtar Medical College & Hospital
Pakistan
2 days ago
By creating awareness among acadamicians and researchers through workshops and seminars, highliting how to avoid such submissions and regarding disadvantages of such submissions.
Most of the times, researchers are not well aware of such submissions
Mr Abubakar Muhammad Kabiru
Mr Abubakar Muhammad Kabiru
PhD in view
Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic
Mr
Kazaure, Jigawa, Nigeria
2 days ago
Through no reward for any author whose publication is on predatory journal since almost 90percent of researchers are in academics.
Dr. Joong Hiong Sim
Dr. Joong Hiong Sim
PhD, MEd, LLB, BSc&Ed;
University of Malaya
Senior Lecturer
Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory, Malaysia
3 days ago
Avoid being a prey to predatory journals even if you desperately need to publish to survive as an academic. Do not submit any manuscript to predatory journals.
Campaign against predatory journals. Raise awareness among your colleagues, students and the scientific community in general that publishing with predatory journals amounts to unethical conduct.
Reject any invitation to be included in the editorial board of any predatory journal as such affiliation jeopardises your credibility as an academic.

Dr. Abdullah Khalid Omer
Dr. Abdullah Khalid Omer
MSc
Sulaimani Veterinary Directorate
Lecturer
Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq
3 days ago
Some time it is so difficult to distinguish predatory journal, however, we can depend on some criteria for determining predatory publishers.
One can use the criteria used by Jeffrey Beall for determining predatory publishers. Also, Journal Evaluation Tool is a scoring sheet that anyone can use to determine the credibility of a journal. This below link maybe useful.... https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/librarian_pubs/40/
Dr. Farah Zahir
Dr. Farah Zahir
PhD
University of British Columbia
Canada
4 days ago
Double and triple check the journal...look at website/editorial board etc. And also read a few 'publications' to see if they are actually good science or just hastily put together 'made up content'
Redha Lakehal
Redha Lakehal
Heart surgery
Department of heart surgery Dr Djaghri Mokhtar
Dr
Constantine, Constantine
4 days ago
Les coincé en les dénonçant
dr. Bita Moudi
dr. Bita Moudi
Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Iran
4 days ago
Informations and discussion
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
chemist
Banat's University Timisoara
doctor habilitate, professor
Timisoara, Romania
4 days ago
Attention, information verification, discussions
Mirjana Zlatkovic-Svenda
Mirjana Zlatkovic-Svenda
Institute of Rheumatology
Ass Prof, MD, PhD
Beograd, Srbija, Yugoslavia
5 days ago
To be well informed before submitting to and reading from journals. There should be a VERY RECOGNISIBLE SITE with the predatory journals list, that should be easily assessed and easily found on Internet
Daniel Prieto
Daniel Prieto
PhD
Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable
Think. Check. Submit. Check https://thinkchecksubmit.org/ for further detail.
2 days ago