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“Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers” (Jeffrey Beall List)

This is a list of questionable, scholarly open-access standalone journals. For journals published by a publisher, please look for the publisher on the list of publishers, here. This list is only for single, standalone journals.

Predatory open access publishing

In academic publishing, predatory open access publishing is an exploitative open-access publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not). “Beall’s List”, a report that had been regularly updated by Jeffrey Beall until January 2017, set forth criteria for categorizing predatory publications and lists publishers and independent journals that meet those criteria. However, Beall’s list was “unpublished” by the author in January 2017

Predatory Publishing, Questionable Peer Review, and Fraudulent Conferences

The advent of the Internet age and digitization of data resulted in many changes, one of which was the concept of peer-reviewed, open-access (OA) publishing with free availability to anyone with Internet services. This transition increased when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) began requiring that any manuscript resulting from its funding be made publicly available via PubMed.

Archives: predatory publishers

Information warfare is both tactical and strategic, with much of its success stemming from the weakened economics of the current information economy. Scholarly publishers have experienced this in many ways, from Google Scholar to predatory publishers to pre-print archives

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

Our mission is to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal and book publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines. This mission will be carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.

The full story of 90 hijacked journals from August 2011 to June 2015

During recent years, the academic world has suffered a lot from the threats of hijacked journals and fake publishers that have called into question the validity and reliability of scientific publications. The purpose of this paper is to tell the in-depth story of hijacked journals

Fake Journals: Their Features and Some Viable Ways to Distinguishing Them

In this paper, we aim to discuss the fake journals and their advertisement and publication techniques. These types of journals mostly start and continue their activities by using the name of some indexed journals and establishing fake websites.

Hijacked Journals, postings from Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian. Academic Journalism, Publication Ethics   –Details

This guide features information resources useful for identifying major journals in all fields and details about them for those wanting to identify key journals or find publication details for known journal titles.

Canadian medical journals hijacked for junk science   
Indian company OMICS is being sued by the U.S. government for deceptive publishing practices that undermine scientific research. Two of Canada’s most prestigious publishing houses for medical journals have been quietly bought up by an international publisher that is being sued by the U.S. government to stop it from printing what amounts to junk science for profit

Hijacked journal (Example)  
Hijacked journal: Scientists interested in publishing their research should be aware that HFSP does not operate a journal. A recent case of a manuscript submission to a so-called “HFSP Journal” revealed that this is a hijacked version of the former HFSP Journal which existed from 2007 to 2010. This journal has now gone out of business and has since evolved into the Journal “Frontiers in Life Science” operated by Taylor & Francis.

Hijacked journals are attacking the reliability and validity of medical research   
A main concern about this new phenomenon is that the unreviewed manuscripts that are published on counterfeit websites become a source for clinical practice and health policy making,

A second chance for authors of hijacked journals to publish in legitimate journals   
This article proposes the republication of articles that have previously been published in counterfeit websites of hijacked journals. The paper also discusses the technical and ethical aspects of republishing such articles.

Journal hijackers target science and open access   
Academic researchers need to publish the results of their research in scientific journals to be able to graduate or to advance their careers. The first systematic misconduct and deviation from the generally-accepted good practices for publishing scientific journals began in the early 2000s when some commercial journals began to misuse the open-access movement by publishing unreviewed manuscripts in a ‘pay and get published’ model.

Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers   
This is an archive copy of the latest edition of Beall’s list before it went dark. As scholarly publishing moves quickly, this static list will lose relevancy over time.

2017 list of ‘predatory’ science journals  
The annual list of the world’s shaky and outright fake science journals is out, and Canada figures prominently, with hundreds of new entries calling themselves the Canadian Journal of one thing or another.

Pharmacology: Predatory Publishing   
Predatory Publishing? This deprecatory title is applied to a range of publisher models, some fully deserving the title and others that perhaps are set up to cater for a particular market with a business model that might be questioned by some and not others.

Scholarly Communications: Predatory Publishers & Conferences  
In recent years, the number of exploitative predatory publishers and questionable conferences has grown. These publishers typically send unsolicited invitations to authors offering to publish their research for a substantial fee, however do not offer any of the traditional services provided by reputable publishers, such as editing, peer-review, archiving and marketing.

Predatory Publishing: The Dark Side of the Open-Access Movement  
This segment of the OA publishing movement is characterized by publishers that “unprofessionally exploit” the gold OA model (in which the final version of a manuscript is made freely available on publication), primarily for profit, according to Jeffrey Beall, MSLS, one of the most vigilant watchdogs of predatory publishing, and operator of the website Scholarly Open Access.

What is a predatory publisher  
A predatory publisher is an opportunistic publishing venue that exploits the academic need to publish but offers little reward for those using their services.

Predatory open access publishing  
In academic publishing, predatory open access publishing is an exploitative open-access publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not).

FTC Charges Academic Journal Publisher OMICS Group Deceived Researchers 
The Federal Trade Commission has charged the publisher of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Better understanding predatory publishers   
If you have even a fleeting interest in the evolving landscape of scholarly communication, you’ve probably heard of predatory open access (OA) journals. These are OA journals that exist for the sole purpose of profit, not the dissemination of high-quality research findings and furtherance of knowledge. These predators generate profits by charging author fees, also known as article processing charges (APCs), that far exceed the cost of running their low-quality, fly-by-night operations

Scholarly Communication/Publication: Predatory Publishers   
This LibGuide provides researchers and postgraduate students with assistance and resources on publishing (conventional, open publishing and self-publishing) and related issues.

Open Access and predatory publishers  
Open Access Journals have become a popular and beneficial method of scholarly communication but this structure leaves room for publishers to implement unethical practices and take advantage of authors. These are known as predatory publishers.

Advice on predatory journals and publishers 
Open Access (OA) ‘predatory’ journals are now part of the scholarly communication landscape. We strongly recommend that University of Manchester researchers always check the credibility of unfamiliar publishers and journals prior to submission.

Academic Publishing : 2a. Avoid predatory publishers  
“Predatory open-access publishers are those that unprofessionally exploit the gold open-access model for their own profit. That is to say, they operate as scholarly vanity presses and publish articles in exchange for the author fee.

Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing   
Spam e-mails changed the life of Jeffrey Beall. It was 2008, and Beall, an academic librarian and a researcher at the University of Colorado in Denver, started to notice an increasing flow of messages from new journals soliciting him to submit articles or join their editorial boards.

Avoiding Predatory Publishers   
There have always been unscrupulous publishers who do not follow acceptable standards of scholarly publishing, and provide little to no peer review or editorial services. With the explosion of online publishing and increasing use of pre-publication article processing charges (APCs) levied against authors, predatory publishers are becoming more prevalent and sophisticated, often targeting less established researchers.