Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 1339–1345 | Cite as

End of 2016: Can We Save Research from Predators in 2017?

  • Aamir Raoof MemonEmail author


At the beginning of every year, we expect to see worthwhile improvements on the past. The end of 2016 showcased many important issues in the scientific world, ranging from criticisms of research misconduct and fraud to the introduction of new scientometrics. Despite the scientific community’s continuing efforts, predatory journals and publishers are still on the rise, and the Beall’s list calls attention to the need to take a firm action across the board. This short opinion piece highlights research conducted by the scholarly community on research publication predators during 2016, and offers suggestions as to how to bring about future improvements.


Journal Predatory Publishers Research fraud Scientometrics 



Thanks to K. Shashok (Author AID in the Eastern Mediterranean) for improving the use of English in the manuscript. I would also like to thank Ahmed Waqas (CMH Lahore) and Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva (Plant Biologist) for their constructive feedback on my manuscript.

Author’s contribution

ARM contributed to all the aspects of this manuscript and takes the responsibility of it.

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Conflicts of interest

The author does not have any potential conflicts of interest to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation SciencesPeoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for WomenNawabshahPakistan

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