by Robert E Bartholomew
J R Soc Med, October 2014 Vol. 107 No. 10 pp. 384-385
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A new threat has emerged to the integrity of academic publishing: predatory journals. These unscrupulous publishers are exploiting the open-access (OA) model by corrupting the peer-review process, which is often absent or minimal. Their motivation is the procurement of evaluation and publication fees, which in the absence of traditional subscription rates are necessary to cover operating costs. While many OA journals are legitimate enterprises that contribute to the ever-growing body of scientific knowledge, it is painfully evident that a significant number are untrustworthy.