B – Predatory journals

Beall J. Best practices for scholarly authors in the age of predatory journals. Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England 2016;98(2):77-79
(doi: 10.1308/rcsann.2016.0056)

The author discusses one recent phenomenon that has arisen from the open access movement: that of ‘predatory publishers’. These are individuals or companies that use the open access financial system (author pays, rather than library subscribes) to defraud authors and readers by promising reputable publishing platforms but delivering nothing of the sort. They frequently have imaginary editorial boards, do not operate any peer review or quality control, are unclear about payment requirements. The author manages a blog site that names publishers and journals that he has identified as predatory, the Beall’s lists.