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Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 92–100 | Cite as

The Macro and Micro Scale of Open Access Predation

  • Jaime A. Teixeira da SilvaEmail author
  • Aceil Al-Khatib
Article

Abstract

Having found a business opportunity in exploiting the open access publishing model, predatory journals and publishers have been spamming authors with emails, inviting them to submit articles for publication. Authors may be misled by the names of prestigious authors and editors that predatory journals and publishers use to advertise their publishing services, either by claims that those scientists serve on the editorial boards or by sending invitations in their names. Given the fact that detailed knowledge of a journal is required to make an informed decision of whether the inviting journal is predatory or not, junior scientists are not likely to possess the knowledge or skill to make such decisions. In addition, analysis of the details of new suspicious journals and publishers can be a lengthy process or even a waste of time. Therefore, in this paper, we provide an analysis of a likely scenario that many authors are facing nowadays when they take on the difficult task of studying the details of suspicious journals as possible venues for the publication of their research findings. The analysis takes the form of an analysis of the Kenkyu Publishing Group, which is listed on Jeffrey Beall’s list of “predatory” open access publishers.

Keywords

Costs not indicated Misleading Predatory Open access Spam 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kagawa-KenJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of DentistryJordan University of Science and TechnologyIrbidJordan

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