Predatory journals: no definition, no defence

  title={Predatory journals: no definition, no defence},
  author={Agnes Grudniewicz and David Moher and Kelly Denise Cobey and Gregory L Bryson and Samantha Cukier and Kristiann Allen and Clare Ardern and Lesley Balcom and Tiago Barros and Monica Berger and Jairo Buitrago Ciro and Lucia Cugusi and Michael R. Donaldson and Matthias Egger and Ian D. Graham and Matt J. Hodgkinson and Karim M. Khan and Mahlubi Mabizela and Andrea Manca and Katrin Milzow and Johann Mouton and Marvelous Muchenje and Tom Olijhoek and Alexander K. Ommaya and Bhushan Patwardhan and Deborah C. Poff and Laurie Proulx and Mark Rodger and Anna Severin and Michaela Strinzel and Mauro Sylos-Labini and Robyn Tamblyn and Marthie van Niekerk and Jelte M. Wicherts and Manoj Mathew Lalu},
  pages={210 - 212}
Leading scholars and publishers from ten countries have agreed a definition of predatory publishing that can protect scholarship. It took 12 hours of discussion, 18 questions and 3 rounds to reach. Leading scholars and publishers from ten countries have agreed a definition of predatory publishing that can protect scholarship. It took 12 hours of discussion, 18 questions and 3 rounds to reach. 

Supporting a definition of predatory publishing

This work states that the current environment for an ever-increasing number of predatory journals to appear and also flourish has ensured a sustainable environment for the longstanding academic mantra of ‘publish or perish’ to be ensured.

Predatory journals as threats to the academic publishing: a review

Academic publishing has been increasing greatly with the spread of open access journals and the shift to online publishing. However, authors must be aware of predatory journals and publishers while

Defining predatory journals and responding to the threat they pose: a modified Delphi consensus process

An international group of diverse stakeholders was able to use a modified Delphi process to inform the development of a definition of predatory journals and publishers, which will help institutions, funders and other stakeholders generate practical guidance on avoiding predatory Journals and publishers.


There has been a major trend in academic publishing from traditional print publication to open access journals and online publication in recent times. The authors now find more avenues to publish

Predatory Journals- The Power of the Predator Versus the Integrity of the Honest.

A majority of the work published in these pseudo journals aside from being incorrect and mundane, provide no advancement to science and can have direct implications on patient health care and research.

Is intentional publishing in predatory journals a form of scientific misconduct?

Predatory journals are widely acknowledged as a significant problem in scholarly publishing and, more broadly, as a threat to the responsible conduct of research. Because predatory publishers base

Do Tenure and Promotion Policies Discourage Publications in Predatory Journals?

Predatory journals are a concern in academia because they lack meaningful peer review and engage in questionable business practices. Nevertheless, predatory journals continue to flourish, in part b...

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.

Demarcating spectrums of predatory publishing: Economic and institutional sources of academic legitimacy

  • Kyle Siler
  • Economics
    J. Assoc. Inf. Sci. Technol.
  • 2020
The emergence of open access (OA) publishing has altered incentives and opportunities for academic stakeholders and publishers. These changes have yielded a variety of new economic and academic

Predatory journals: A sign of an unhealthy publish or perish game?

This editorial discusses the challenge of dealing with predatory journals, and reflects on ways in which the information systems research community can deal with it.



Blacklists and Whitelists To Tackle Predatory Publishing: a Cross-Sectional Comparison and Thematic Analysis

Predatory journals are spurious scientific outlets that charge fees for editorial and publishing services that they do not provide. Their lack of quality assurance of published articles increases the

What Value Do Journal Whitelists and Blacklists Have in Academia?

What is a predatory journal? A scoping review.

The objective of this scoping review is to summarize the literature on predatory journals, describe its epidemiological characteristics, and to extract empirical descriptions of potential characteristics of predatory journals.

Checklists to detect potential predatory biomedical journals: a systematic review

There is a plethora of published checklists that may overwhelm authors looking to efficiently guard against publishing in predatory journals and the continued development of such checklists may be confusing and of limited benefit.

Stop this waste of people, animals and money

Common wisdom assumes that the hazard of predatory publishing is restricted mainly to the developing world, and frequent, aggressive solicitations from predatory publishers are generally considered merely a nuisance for scientists from rich countries, not a threat to scholarly integrity.

Time to stop talking about ‘predatory journals’

The term ‘predatory journal’ blinds us to important possibilities, needs, and questions arising in the developing scholarly landscape, and the current scholarly publishing environment cannot rely on such a simplified classification of journals into predatory or not.