Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Predatory Journals

I just received an invitation to review an article from the British Journal of Medicine and  Medical Research. The abstract of the article suggested it was a not very sophisticated piece of work and I didn't recognize the journal. So I checked Beall's List of Predatory Journals and, sure enough, the journals publisher, ScienceDomain, is listed.

Predatory journals are essentially fly-by-night companies that will publish your article for a fee but offer little in the way of peer-review, editing, fact-checking or scientific legitimacy. I opted not to review the article.

The staid world of academic publishing is changing fast. Buyer (reviewer?, writer?) beware!

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