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Crouching tiger and rejoice jackals:
Scholarly vs predatory Open Access journals.
Jasimudeen S. & Vimal Kumar V.
Research ...
“Academic Racketeering”
Rapid rise of predatory journals,
Publications taking large fees without providing robust
editoria...
The preys
Motive is financial gain, and they are corrupting the
communication of science,
Their main victims are instituti...
Features of predatory journals
Insufficient contact information,
Broad area of subject to attract more articles (Journal o...
Reasons behind the growth of predatory journals
The introduction of academic performance indicator (API)
by the UGC,
The f...
Publication experience with a predatory journal
The manuscript, entitled “Deconstructing Access Points” was submitted on J...
Fake manuscript
Paper submission
Asking advancement payment
Quick publishing process !!
Beware of predatory journals
Is the publisher listed in any blacklist (Beall’s List),
Check in any whitelist like DOAJ,
Se...
Conclusion
Availability of National and international whitelist of
journals,
Availability of more Open Access journals fro...
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Crouching tiger and rejoice jackals: Scholarly vs predatory Open Access journals

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Scholarly Open access journals are leaping to more heights with the wide acceptance among academic community. Predatory open access journals are growing like weeds exploiting the good intention of Open Access movement. Predatory open access journals are charging fees from authors to publish the paper with misleading metrics and without following legacy editorial processes . Young scholars are the victims of predatory of open access journals. This paper discuss the nature and operations of predatory journals and suggests defence mechanisms to keep away those predators from academic community.

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Crouching tiger and rejoice jackals: Scholarly vs predatory Open Access journals

  1. 1. Crouching tiger and rejoice jackals: Scholarly vs predatory Open Access journals. Jasimudeen S. & Vimal Kumar V. Research Scholars School of Social Sciences Mahatma Gandhi University
  2. 2. “Academic Racketeering” Rapid rise of predatory journals, Publications taking large fees without providing robust editorial or publishing services, Predatory journals attract authors through aggressive marketing and spam emails, promising quick review and open access publication for a price.
  3. 3. The preys Motive is financial gain, and they are corrupting the communication of science, Their main victims are institutions and researchers in low and middle income countries, and the time has come to act rather than simply to decry them.
  4. 4. Features of predatory journals Insufficient contact information, Broad area of subject to attract more articles (Journal of Social Sciences), Journals treat two or more fields of study together (e.g. International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology), Sky high claims like “leading publisher”, Fake/similar ISSN and absence of article DOI.
  5. 5. Reasons behind the growth of predatory journals The introduction of academic performance indicator (API) by the UGC, The focus on quantity over quality, Lack of publishing avenues; absence of higher education institutions in scholarly publishing industry, Lack of national machinery to monitor scholarly publishing industry,
  6. 6. Publication experience with a predatory journal The manuscript, entitled “Deconstructing Access Points” was submitted on January 29th, 2009, to The Open Information Science Journal (TOISCIJ), a journal that claims to enforce peer-review. http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2009/06/10/nonsense-for-dollars/ Paper was generated using Scigen Paper was accepted and asked for submission fee The acceptance letter read: This is to inform you that your submitted article has been accepted for publication after peer- reviewing process in TOISCIJ. I would be highly grateful to you if you please fill and sign the attached fee form and covering letter and send them back via email as soon as possible to avoid further delay in publication.
  7. 7. Fake manuscript
  8. 8. Paper submission
  9. 9. Asking advancement payment
  10. 10. Quick publishing process !!
  11. 11. Beware of predatory journals Is the publisher listed in any blacklist (Beall’s List), Check in any whitelist like DOAJ, Searching for the journal in databases (PubMedCentral, Web of Science), Credible journals follow transparency in editorial and peer review processes.
  12. 12. Conclusion Availability of National and international whitelist of journals, Availability of more Open Access journals from research centres and higher education institutions, Need more generous funding to initiate Open Access journals, Need to encourage continuous (frequency) journals to accommodate more articles.

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