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?
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Dr Theofanis Vavilis
Dr Theofanis Vavilis
BSc, MSc, PhD
Laboratory of Medical Biology - Genetics , Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Greece.
Dr
Thessaloniki, Greece
3mon 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 Mohammad H Yarmohammadian
Dr Mohammad H Yarmohammadian
PhD, PostDoc
Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Professor
Isfahan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
3mon 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 Sameer Zope
Dr Sameer Zope
MDS
Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University
Associate professor
Karad, Maharashtra, India
3mon 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. Carlo Carandang
Dr. Carlo Carandang
MD, MSc
Carlo Carandang, MD, FAPA
Psychiatrist
Seattle, Washington, United States
3mon 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. Anurag Tewari
Dr. Anurag Tewari
MD
Medical Director (Evokes LLc) Director of Education and Research (Medsurant Health)
Ohio, United States
2mon ago

This is from an article published in Anesthesia & Analgesia cited as Andrea C. et al. Predatory Open-Access Publishing in Anesthesiology. Anesthesia & Analgesia: January 2019 - Volume 128 - Issue 1 - p 182–187

Predatory publishing is an exploitative fraudulent open-access publishing model that applies charges under the pretense of legitimate publishing operations without actually providing the editorial services associated with legitimate journals. In 2012, Jeffrey Beall, a librarian of the University of Colorado Denver, launched a blog including a list of potential, possible, or probable predatory open-access publishers and journals. Although it was discontinued in January 2017, anonymous researchers regularly update the list using the original criteria. To differentiate between legitimate and nonlegitimate publishers and journals, respectable international organizations, including the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ),12 have described principles of transparency and best practice in scholarly publishing. These principles include detailed information about the publishers, EB, indexing, and editorial process.

The ability to judge the reputability and ethics of a journal is not always applied at the early stage of scientific careers.6 , 14 Recently, awareness campaigns have been launched to help researchers to recognize and avoid predatory journals and to choose the right journal for their articles. The “Think. Check. Submit.” campaign, endorsed by several publishers and organizations, encourages researchers to retrieve information about the journals to which they are planning to submit their articles, including contact details, location, and indexing. Predatory publishing has been specifically surveyed in specialties such as neuroscience/neurology, rehabilitation, dermatology, and nursing. However, the field of anesthesiology, including intensive care, critical and respiratory medicine, pain medicine, and emergency care, has not been specifically investigated. The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics and activities of potentially predatory open-access publishers and journals linked to anesthesiology and its related specialties.

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Mirjana Zlatkovic-Svenda
Mirjana Zlatkovic-Svenda
Institute of Rheumatology
Ass Prof, MD, PhD
Beograd, Srbija, Yugoslavia
3mon 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.
3mon ago
Dr. Rob C. A. Keller
Dr. Rob C. A. Keller
PhD
Charlemagne College
Predatory or not is a hot (and sadly enough) relevant issue since the introduction of Open Access. With thanks to Jeffrey Beall (and his famous and at the same time notorious list (https://beallslist.weebly.com/) it is nowadays a matter that is discussed substantially. His work is continued by various initiatives (see for example (https://predatoryjournals.com/about/)).
3 days ago
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
chemist
Banat's University Timisoara
doctor habilitate, professor
Timisoara, Romania
3mon ago
Attention, information verification, discussions
dr. Bita Moudi
dr. Bita Moudi
Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Iran
3mon ago
Informations and discussion
Dr Redha Lakehal
Dr Redha Lakehal
Heart surgeon
Department of heart surgery Dr Djaghri Mokhtar
Dr
Constantine, Constantine, Algeria
3mon ago
Les coincé en les dénonçant
Dr. Farah Zahir
Dr. Farah Zahir
PhD
University of British Columbia
Canada
3mon 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'
Dr. Abdullah Khalid Omer
Dr. Abdullah Khalid Omer
MSc
Sulaimani Veterinary Directorate
Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq
3mon 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. Joong Hiong Sim
Dr. Joong Hiong Sim
PhD, MEd, LLB, BSc&Ed;
University of Malaya
Senior Lecturer
Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory, Malaysia
3mon 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.

Mr Abubakar Muhammad Kabiru
Mr Abubakar Muhammad Kabiru
PhD in view
Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic
Mr
Kazaure, Jigawa, Nigeria
3mon ago
Through no reward for any author whose publication is on predatory journal since almost 90percent of researchers are in academics.
Sohail Safdar
Sohail Safdar
Nishtar Medical College & Hospital
Pakistan
3mon 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
Dr. Samir S Shoughy
Dr. Samir S Shoughy
MD
The Eye Center and The Eye Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3mon 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.
mr Agete Tadewos
mr Agete Tadewos
MSc
Hawassa University
college of Medicine and Health Sciences
Hawassa, SNNPR, Ethiopia
3mon ago
by excluding review request and by not sending manuscripts to those journals
Ahsan Ullah
Ahsan Ullah
Govt degree college pindi bhattian
Mr.
Hafizabad, Pakistan
3mon ago
Stop submitting articles to such journals
Also communicate about these journals with others
Dr Khawar Jabran
Dr Khawar Jabran
PhD
Nigde Omer Halisdemir University
Dr.
Nigde, Nigde, Turkey
3mon ago
Submit to journals that have an editorial board of professionals from the field.
Choose journals that publish in a specific field.
Faruk Skenderi
Faruk Skenderi
MD, MSc
University of Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina
3mon 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
Antonio Simone Laganà
Antonio Simone Laganà
MD
University of Insubria
Medical Doctor
Varese, Italy
3mon ago
One simple method is to avoid to publish in this type of Journals.
In this way, they will "physiologically" disappear.
Prof Alun Jones
Prof Alun Jones
PhD, Msc (distinction). MA, PGD psychoanalysis,
University of Chester
Dr.
Wrexham, Wrexham, United Kingdom
3mon 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.
Wim Crusio
Wim Crusio
PhD
Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Integratives d'Aquitaine
Research director
Pessac (Bordeaux), France
3mon 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.
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, United States
3mon ago
Ignore their emails.
Patrizio Tressoldi
Patrizio Tressoldi
PhD
Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Università di Padova
Researcher
Padova, Italy
3mon ago
My suggestion is to avoid any collaboration both as author, editor and reviewer
Giuseppe Baldino
Giuseppe Baldino
Ente Ospedaliero Ospedali Galliera
M.D.
Genova, Liguria, Italy
3mon 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
Bayu Begashaw Bekele
Bayu Begashaw Bekele
MPH
Mizan Tepi University
Mizan-Aman, Southern Ethiopia, Ethiopia
3mon 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.
Mr Peter B James
Mr Peter B James
B.Pharm. Hons ,MMed
University of Technology Sydney
PhD Student/Research Assistant
Sydney, NSW, Australia
3mon 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
DR SUPRATIM DATTA
DR SUPRATIM DATTA
MBBS,MD,PGDCRRA
CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
PROFESSOR AND HEAD
GANGTOK, SIKKIM, India
3mon 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.
Dr. John Ngoy Kalenga
Dr. John Ngoy Kalenga
PhD
Faculty of Economics, Hosei University
Lecturer
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
3mon 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.
Mostafa Dianatinasab
Mostafa Dianatinasab
MSc
Shahroud University of Medical Sciences
Faculty Member
Shahroud, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
3mon 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. Roddy Hiram
Dr. Roddy Hiram
PhD
Montreal Heart Institute
Post-Doctorate Fellow
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3mon 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.
Dr Hamed Mohamed Abdo
Dr Hamed Mohamed Abdo
MD
Dermatology and Venereology Department, Faculty of Medicine - Al-Azhar University
Cairo, Egypt
3mon ago
The development and share of such discussion in scientific community is a good barrier against the continuity and/or the spread of such journals. Also it is important to avoid any kind of collaboration with those journals either as an author, editor or reviewer.
Dr Chrysanthus Chukwuma Sr
Dr Chrysanthus Chukwuma Sr
AB, MA, MD, PhD, DSc
University of Oulu and Oulu City Hospital
Finland
3mon ago
article processing and publication charges must be free of cost; all manuscripts submitted for publication must be peer-reviewed; all publication practice direction must be adhered to with full participation of corresponding author, editor and reviewer(s).
Dr Chrysanthus Chukwuma Sr
Dr Chrysanthus Chukwuma Sr
AB, MA, MD, PhD, DSc
University of Oulu and Oulu City Hospital
Finland
3mon ago
the so-called esteemed journals must reduce the time to review and accept manuscripts for publication; equal opportunity and latitude must be given to all submissions from around the world devoid of racist and discrimatory practices and tendencies.
Prof. Dr.-Eng Diego Andina
Prof. Dr.-Eng Diego Andina
PhD
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Head of Research Group
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
3mon ago

1.- Bookmark Bell' list:

https://beallslist.weebly.com/

2..- Check this predator list, and other that you can update searching in google, before reviewing, acting as editor or submiting.

3.- Warn to your colleges and institutions as much as you can, as many of them are contributing and spending public money for corruption when they think that they are doing it for science.

I take the opportuniy to warn you about FRONTIERS, In my experience, one of the worst predator journal families.


Dr Monica BUTNARIU
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
chemist
Banat's University Timisoara
doctor habilitate, professor
Timisoara, Romania
2mon ago
https://thinkchecksubmit.org/check/

Reference this list for your chosen journal to check if it is trusted.

  • Do you or your colleagues know the journal?
    – Have you read any articles in the journal before?
    – Is it easy to discover the latest papers in the journal?
  • Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
    – Is the publisher name clearly displayed on the journal website?
    – Can you contact the publisher by telephone, email, and post?
  • Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
  • Are articles indexed in services that you use?
  • Is it clear what fees will be charged?
    – Does the journal site explain what these fees are for and when they will be
    charged?
  • Do you recognise the editorial board?
    – Have you heard of the editorial board members?
    – Do the editorial board mention the journal on their own websites?
  • Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
    – Do they belong to the
Dr. Mohammad AbuRahmah
Dr. Mohammad AbuRahmah
MD
King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre / Alfaisal University
Assistant Professor of Surgery / Consultant Bariatric, MIS and GI oncology Surgeon
Riyadh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2mon ago

By not publishing there. 

Dr. Mohamed A. A. Mahdy
Dr. Mohamed A. A. Mahdy
PhD
University of Pretoria Faculty of Veterinary Science
Postdoctoral fellow
Onderstepoort, South Africa
2mon ago

We have to avoid these predatory journals. Every day we receive a lot of invitations to publish in such Journals within a short time (might reach to 3 days). Personally, I block these E.mails immediately. I publish my papers in indexed journals

Dr Alfredo I Servín-Caamaño
Dr Alfredo I Servín-Caamaño
Md
Hospital general de mexico
Dr
Mexico city, Mexico, Mexico
2mon ago

Never used, never even think as and option for the works

Dr Alfredo I Servín-Caamaño
Dr Alfredo I Servín-Caamaño
Md
Hospital general de mexico
Dr
Mexico city, Mexico, Mexico
1mon ago

Im agree with the people that think that the authors have to be very concensus to dont submit papers in those journals

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