Why do researchers decide to publish in questionable journals? A review of the literature

@article{Frandsen2019WhyDR,
  title={Why do researchers decide to publish in questionable journals? A review of the literature},
  author={Tove Faber Frandsen},
  journal={Learned Publishing},
  year={2019},
  volume={32}
}
  • T. Frandsen
  • Published 1 January 2019
  • Psychology
  • Learned Publishing
Peer review is a cornerstone of scientific publication, and consequently, predatory journals are feared to be a threat to the credibility of science as they perform no or low‐quality peer review. The question of why researchers decide to publish in a questionable journal remains relatively unexplored. This paper provides an overview of the existing literature on why researchers decide to publish papers in questionable journals, specifically whether or not they search for a low‐barrier way to… 

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