‘Predatory’ Online Journals Lure Scholars Who Are Eager to Publish

An article by Michael Stanford in The Chronicle of Higher Education on questionable Open Access publishers like OMICS, who has become infamous for how it recruits editorial board members.

Such abuse is becoming more prevalent, Mr. Beall said. On his blog Scholarly Open Access, he keeps a running list of what he calls “predatory” open-access publishers. Mr. Beall said he uncovers one new predatory journal or publishing company about every week, and his list now totals more than 50 publishers and individual journals.

Mr. Beall defines a “predatory” publisher as one whose main goal is to generate profits rather than promote academic scholarship. Such publishers, he said, “add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models.”

OMICS has earned Beall’s “predatory” distinction, along with other open-access publishers like Insight Knowledge, Knowledgia Scientific, and InTech. Also on the list is Bentham Open, which attracted attention in 2009 when it accepted for publication a nonsensical article that had been written by a computer program and submitted by a graduate student who questioned the journal’s claims of peer review.

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