Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN), – First published: 19 August 2016; John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Predatory journals are out to get you and your work. Awareness of predatory publishers and their practices is now much higher than even three years ago: predatory being defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘preying naturally on’ and ‘seeking to exploit’ others. It has also never been easier to identify which journals and publishers are predatory – such as through Beall’s list of predatory publishers (Beall 2016). Why then are so many nursing academic papers still published in predatory journals? As behavioural economists and evolutionary biologists would conclude: there must be reasons? Here we speculate on five (bad) reasons for so many nursing authors to ignore scholarly peer-reviewed journals, like JAN or its open access sister journal Nursing Open, and publish work in a predatory journal.