Hijacked journals, hijacked web-sites, journal phishing, misleading metrics, and predatory publishing: actual and potential threats to academic integrity and publishing ethics
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Academic research has always faced challenges associated with assuring its quality and seeking optimal ways of representing results. Conducting a high level of research and selecting a suitable target publisher and journal require careful attention. The choice of publishing venue has been expanded by the open access (OA) movement, spurring additional scientific activity. The benefits of OA, which consist, generally speaking, in making the results of empirical research and/or the results of intellectual work available almost immediately and to a wide audience, have also introduced a number of threats and challenges to the academic world. On one hand, the number of opportunities to publish has increased significantly. On the other hand, the traditional system of peer review that was always perceived to exert a level of control by the academic community with respect to the quality of publications, has become less strict and rigorous, or has shown flaws. Collectively, a...
KeywordsOpen Access Journal Academic Integrity Scholarly Publishing Page Ranking Reputable Journal
The authors thank Prof. Marwan M. Obeidat (Department of English Language and Literature, Hashemite University, Jordan), Valentina Christova-Bagdassarian (National Center of Public Health and Analyses, Sofia, Bulgaria), and Claudia Stefanutti (Lipid Clinic and Atherosclerosis Prevention Centre, Immunohematology and Transfusion Medicine, “Umberto I” Hospital, Department of Molecular Medicine, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy) for limited suggestions on early versions of this manuscript.
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