Predatory Journals : Do Not Enter

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Faizan Khan
David Moher

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Abstract

The escalation in open-access publishing has fueled the rise of questionable businesses, namely, ‘predatory’ journals. Predatory journals and their publishers seek manuscripts through aggressive electronic solicitation and execute flawed peer-review practices, consequently undermining the scholarly record and current research cultures, globally. As these journals are not indexed in any legitimate databases, the research they publish is often undiscoverable and fails to be disseminated to a worldwide readership. Acknowledging this threat to the credibility of science, this article aims to alert researchers at various levels of their career of the increasing global issue of predatory journals, and offer helpful advice and resources for identifying and avoiding them. 

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L’essor de la publication en accès libre a alimenté l’expansion d’entreprises douteuses, à savoir des revues « prédatrices ». Les revues prédatrices et leurs éditeurs recherchent des manuscrits au moyen de requêtes électroniques agressives et effectuent des évaluations erronées par les pairs, compromettant ainsi les archives scientifiques et les présentes cultures de recherche dans l’ensemble. Puisque ces revues ne sont pas répertoriées dans des bases de données légitimes, la recherche qu’elles publient est souvent introuvable et ne parvient pas à être diffusée à un lectorat mondial. En reconnaissant cette menace à la crédibilité scientifique, cet article vise à alerter les chercheurs à diverses étapes de leur carrière du problème global croissant que constituent les revues prédatrices, et à leur offrir des conseils utiles et des ressources permettant de les identifier et de les éviter. 



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Khan F, Moher D. Predatory Journals : Do Not Enter. UOJM. Published online January 23, 2017. doi:10.18192/uojm.v7i1.1755
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