Identifying Predatory or Pseudo-Journals

by Christine Laine and Margaret A. Winker
World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), 15 June 2017

7 pp. 735 kB

This WAME document aims to provide guidance to help editors, researchers, funders, academic institutions and other stakeholders distinguish predatory journals from legitimate journals. In the document, the term ‘predatory’ refers to the fact that these entities prey on academicians for financial profit via article processing charges for open access articles, without meeting scholarly publishing standards. However, not all academicians are “prey,” and “the term ‘pseudo-journals’ may be a more accurate name.

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