By Kelly Deno and Meg Nash
With forward by Kelly Malloy
Although there is still much debate about what defines a predatory publication or meeting, there can be no doubt that the prevalence of such questionable outlets jeopardize the integrity of our profession and the potential impact the science we work tirelessly to communicate.
A recent article published in Nature classified predatory journals as a “global threat.”1 While in these unprecedented times of social distancing and economic lock down, defining any crisis other than COVID-19 as a global threat seems gratuitous and perhaps theatrical, the pervasive and pernicious nature of these journals and conferences have, can, and will cause untold harm to our industry and the patients we serve.
Often, we are asked whether we index predatory outlets in Journal Selector and Conference Authority and how we indicate them as such. The short and simple answer is: we don’t. At Anju Software, our group of publication professionals leverage a stringent set of criteria to help us identify suspicious journals and conferences during our research and vetting process. You, too, can apply the same standards and protocol BEFORE you submit your article or abstract.
Use these tips to hunt down predatory journals before you submit your article.
And here are tips for spotting predatory meetings:
Spotting predatory journals and meetings is not impossible, it just takes research, a critical eye, and common sense.
Have questions or would like to discuss how our Journal Selector and Conference Authority can help YOUR team?
Kelly Malloy ,VP of Product Strategy, Publication Planning