DOI: 10.1101/19010850Nov 2, 2019Paper

Defining predatory journals and responding to the threat they pose: a modified Delphi consensus process

MedRxiv : the Preprint Server for Health Sciences
Samantha CukierDavid Moher


Background: Posing as legitimate open access outlets, predatory journals and publishers threaten the integrity of academic publishing by not following publication best practices. Currently, there is no agreed upon definition of predatory journals, making it difficult for funders and academic institutions to generate practical guidance or policy to ensure their members do not publish in these channels. Methods: We conducted a modified three-round Delphi survey of an international group of academics, funders, policy makers, journal editors, publishers and others, to generate a consensus definition of predatory journals and suggested ways the research community should respond to the problem. Results: A total of 45 participants completed the survey on predatory journals and publishers. We reached consensus on 18 items out of a total of 33, to be included in a consensus definition of predatory journals and publishers. We came to consensus on educational outreach and policy initiatives on which to focus, including the development of a single checklist to detect predatory journals and publishers, and public funding to support research in this general area. We identified technological solutions to address the problem: a 'one-stop-shop'...Continue Reading

Related Concepts

Related Feeds

BioRxiv & MedRxiv Preprints

BioRxiv and MedRxiv are the preprint servers for biology and health sciences respectively, operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Here are the latest preprint articles (which are not peer-reviewed) from BioRxiv and MedRxiv.

Related Papers

Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing : Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
Jan Odom-Forren
Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Saumya Panda
Archivos argentinos de pediatría
Verónica Aguerre, Fernando Ferrero
© 2021 Meta ULC. All rights reserved