Thursday, October 11, 2018

Beware of predatory or potentially predatory journals

Predatory journals from Chew Keng Sheng

This slide set is the presentation that I gave at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak on the issue of predatory or potentially predatory journals. “Predatory journals” refers to entities that prey on academicians for financial profit via article processing charges (APC) for open access articles, without meeting scholarly publishing standards. At the outset, allow me to make my stand clearly that I do not believe that "predatory" journals are illegal, but the issue with predatory journals is that they lack the scholarly and scientific rigour as expected in the academia. Although I would admit that it is hard to draw the line to say whether a journal is predatory or not predatory in nature, there are a number of tell-tale signs that may help us to identify that a journal is probably predatory in nature.

My 2 main references in this presentation are:
Shen C, Björk B-C. ‘Predatory’ open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics. BMC Medicine. 2015;13(1):230. Click here to access

Shamseer L, Moher D, Maduekwe O, Turner L, Barbour V, Burch R, et al. Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison. BMC Medicine. 2017;15(1):28. Click here to access

Other resources mentioned in the presentation:
Laine, C & Winker, MA. Identifying Predatory or Pseudo-Journals (available in World Association of Medical Editors website). URL:

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