Tuesday, 27 March 2018

watch out for predatory journals

Consider the 'Journal of Business and Economics.' This journal does not appear on the DHET accredited journals list (http://libguides.wits.ac.za/Scholarly_Research_Resources/Accredited_Journals). If you google the journal, you find it is published by Academic Star publishers. Is its content entirely about economics? No. So it is not in fact a real journal.


Predatory journals (which this may or may not be), accept journal articles without peer review. What predatory journals do, is they offer to publish your paper, then accept your paper as-is, then charge "page fees" for publication. They do not review for quality. This lowers the quality of academic work worldwide as researchers who are under pressure to "publish or perish" assume that it is a legitimate offer from a legitimate journal. There are also conferences which do this - they approach you to publish your work, because they assume you're desperate to get published and will therefore pay for it.

The following article from a UJ academic explains further.


Here is a South African author who reported this particular journal. As you can see, a trivial google of any journal will show you whether it is legit or not.


Here is a real journal:


See the difference? Look at the work quality, content, and topic adherence. Look at the publisher guidelines. Google the word "scam" with the journal name.

Basically they pretend to be legit, trick you into publishing with them, then ask for "page fees". However, the article you submit does not get peer-reviewed; it just gets published regardless, because the publishers just want the academics' money.




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