Indexing by Bibliographic Databases of Journals Published in the Developing World
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The removal of Beall’s blog may result in increased numbers of predatory journals and their subsequent victims. Recognizing this, the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) suggested criteria for identifying predatory journals in a statement issued on February 18, 2017. These criteria may be helpful in the current scenario of scientific publishing. However, a few lapses and limitations need to be taken into account when translating these policies to the situation in developing countries. This letter presents several cases of legitimate journals and platforms from the developing world that may be erroneously categorized as predatory according to the WAME criteria. We also suggest some improvements in these journals’ policies.
KeywordsIndexing and abstracting Journalism Predatory Research ethics
We thank K. Shashok (AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean) for improving the use of English in the manuscript.
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Both the authors contributed equally to all the aspects of this manuscript and take the responsibility of it.
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