»Earlier research about 'predatory' OA publishing have so far mainly
concentrated on exposing lacking peer review and scandals involving
publishers and journals.
»There is a lack of serious studies about several aspects of this phenomenon,
including extent and regional effects.
»The aim of this study is to provide a comprehensive understanding of
'predatory' publishers and/or journals in terms of
» the number of journals
» article volumes published over the past five years
» APC costs
» Publication time
» Regional distribution of publishers and authors
Sampling process: we take Beall's list of 'predatory' publishers as our
starting point and sample a total of 613 journals
» Over the past five years, there was a dramatic rise in the
number of article published by 'predatory' journals with
exceptional low APCs of 178 USD per article and a
short publishing time between 2-3 months.
» The problem of ‘predator’ is highly limited and regional
to a few developing countries, where ‘international
publication’ is a prerequisite for academic appointment,
more funding, or promotion.