‘Predatory’ open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics

by Cenyu Shen and Bo-Christer Björk
BMC Medicine, 2015 13:230 – Published: 1 October 2015

15 pp. 2.1 MB

A negative consequence of the rapid growth of scholarly open access publishing funded by article processing charges is the emergence of publishers and journals with highly questionable marketing and peer review practices. These so-called predatory publishers are causing unfounded negative publicity for open access publishing in general. Reports about this branch of e-business have so far mainly concentrated on exposing lacking peer review and scandals involving publishers and journals. There is a lack of comprehensive studies about several aspects of this phenomenon, including extent and regional distribution.

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