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Open Access Research Publishing: Predatory Publishing

This is a guide to open access pubilshing in the heatlh services.

What is predatory publishing?

Essentially, predatory publishing is a form of online scam directed at researchers
Predatory journals charge APCs (article processing charges) to publish articles, but neglect to provide the peer review that is central to academic publishing
Research in predatory journals thus contains no quality control. It may be plagiarised, fraudulent or scientifically worthless. Even if it isn't, it will be
tainted by association.
Predatory journals make false claims about indexing, impact factors
Publishing in a predatory journal can lead to loss of reputation as well as income

How can I tell what's not predatory?

There are online resources to help researchers to determine legitimate publishers from predatory ones:

How to recognise predatory journals

Suspiciously fast turnaround times
Temptingly low APCs (article processing charges)
Poor formatting or grammar, clumsy English
Vague contact details, use of e.g. Gmail accounts
Use of dubious or non-existent “impact factors”
Unsolicited emails (spam) inviting submissions or offering the chance to be an editor
Journal websites with vast numbers of journal title
Claims to index in Google Scholar, EbscoHost, ResearchGate, ProQuest etc
Vagueness surrounding payment issues, or dubious payment methods
Demand for copyright transfer despite OA claimsTitles that closely mimic well-known journals
Use of ‘American’, ‘European’ in journals with zero / minimal presence in these regions
Obscure origin or company registration details

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