Publishing in predatory open access journals: Authors' perspectives

Salehi, M ; Sharif University of Technology | 2020

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1002/leap.1261
  3. Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell , 2020
  4. Abstract:
  5. The proliferation of predatory or bogus journals has been recognized as a threat to academic research, and this study was conducted to discover the experiences of authors published in these journals. Eighty authors who had published in journals identified as predatory were surveyed. We asked how the authors learnt about these journals, what they thought about the reputation of the journals, their experiences of peer review and the quality of feedback provided, and whether publication was driven by PhD or job requirements. Our results showed that a third of authors discovered the journals by web searches or responding to email invitations. Over half said the reputation and name of the journal were important in selecting a journal, although a third admitted that the journal they published in did not have a good reputation. The main reason for selecting the journals was the promise of fast publication (31.2% respondents). Only half of the respondents said that publication was driven by PhD or job requirements. Just over a third reported that peer review was good or excellent, and only 17.5% said that peer review was poor or non-existent – over 70% thought they had received good feedback from the journals. Although the research was somewhat limited, it does indicate general satisfaction with the journals in which the authors published. Fast publication coupled with good feedback and encouragement to submit can make publishing in predatory journals so tempting that few authors can resist. © 2019 The Author(s). Learned Publishing © 2019 ALPSP
  6. Keywords:
  7. Journal qualities ; Journal reputation ; Peer review ; Reasons for publishing
  8. Source: Learned Publishing ; Volume 33, Issue 2 , 2020 , Pages 89-95
  9. URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/leap.1261