A Walk on the Wild Side: 'Predatory' Journals and Information Asymmetries in Scientific Evaluations

  title={A Walk on the Wild Side: 'Predatory' Journals and Information Asymmetries in Scientific Evaluations},
  author={Manuel Bagues and Mauro Sylos-Labini and Natalia Zinovyeva},
  journal={Microeconomics: Asymmetric \& Private Information eJournal},

Publishing in predatory open access journals: Authors' perspectives

Fast publication coupled with good feedback and encouragement to submit can make publishing in predatory journals so tempting that few authors can resist, according to authors who had published in journals identified as predatory.

Wilfully submitting to and publishing in predatory journals - a covert form of research misconduct?

It is argued that wilfully submitting one's manuscript to a predatory journal may constitute an active act of avoidance of rigorous peer review of one’s work, and could be considered an, albeit covert, form of scientific misconduct.

How Frequently are Articles in Predatory Open Access Journals Cited

It is concluded that articles published in predatory journals have little scientific impact.

RETRACTED ARTICLE: Predatory publishing in Scopus: evidence on cross-country differences

Analysis of data for 172 countries in 4 fields of research indicates that there is a remarkable heterogeneity in the most affected countries, including Kazakhstan and Indonesia, around 17% of articles fall into the predatory category, while some other countries have no predatory articles whatsoever.

Misinformation through predatory practices

  • Chandrima Shaha
  • Medicine
    Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy
  • 2022
The scientific community should make themselves aware of the journals with questionable reputations and stop publishing in these that would help stop this industry and help stop misinformation spread through these journals.

Problematizing ‘predatory publishing’: A systematic review of factors shaping publishing motives, decisions, and experiences

This systematic review shows the value of a holistic approach to studying individual publishing decisions within specific institutional, economic and political contexts, and identifies relevant empirical studies on academics who have published in so‐called ‘predatory’ journals.

Authors publishing repeatedly in predatory journals: An analysis of Scopus articles

Scholars engage with so‐called predatory or questionable journals for many different reasons. Among the contributing factors are monetary payoffs and the possibility of fast track faculty positions

Profile of authors publishing in ‘predatory’ journals and causal factors behind their decision: A systematic review

Findings of this review suggest meaningful action might address research evaluation policies and publication pressure that emerge from the research environment in which scholars operate authors’ limited capacity to publish in ‘legitimate’ journals and conventions of so-called ‘predatory’ publishers.

Inclusion of predatory journals in Scopus is inflating scholars’ metrics and advancing careers

This correspondence is intended to stimulate a debate on the opportunity not only to delist questionable journals but also to limit the possibility for associated articles to continue to receive citations and increase their metrics, despite the source title being delisted.

Thousands of Australian academics on the editorial boards of journals run by predatory publishers

Of the publishers examined, 240 proved to be overtly fraudulent, the ethical status of the others remaining unresolved, and about 86% of the Australian academics identified appeared on the editorial boards of journals belonging to those 240 publishers.



‘Predatory’ open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics

Despite a total number of journals and publishing volumes comparable to respectable open access journals, the problem of predatory open access seems highly contained to just a few countries, where the academic evaluation practices strongly favor international publication, but without further quality checks.

Riding with the Metric Tide: ‘Predatory’ Journals in Scopus

Identifying Predatory Journals The characteristics of predatory journals are becoming well known. As mentioned, predatory journals use spam email to solicit articles, they have a fast and often fake

Who publishes in “predatory” journals?

It is believed that economic and sociocultural conditions in these developing countries have contributed to the differences found in authorship between “predatory” and “nonpredatory" journals.

Penetrating the Omerta of Predatory Publishing: The Romanian Connection

The paper presents the evidence in detail and uses it to analyze the publishing practices of the offending journal, using established criteria for assessing predatory publications, and warns the whole community of the long lasting damage when journals with low publishing ethics are taken seriously.

What I learned from predatory publishers

The paper details how predatory publishers came to exist and shows how they were largely enabled and condoned by the open-access social movement, the scholarly publishing industry, and academic librarians.

Does the Gender Composition of Scientific Committees Matter?

An increasing number of countries are introducing gender quotas in scientific committees. We analyze how a larger presence of female evaluators affects committee decision-making using information on

Coercive Citation in Academic Publishing

Many journal editors appear to strategically target authors and papers to pressure them into citing the editors' journals, and the incentive they create for editors to coerce authors to add citations to their journal is highlighted.

The Role of Connections in Academic Promotions

This paper analyzes the role of connections in academic promotions. We exploit evidence from centralized evaluations in Spain, where evaluators are randomly assigned to promotion committees. We find