Why we should worry about predatory open access journals

Recently, I co-authored a Huffington Post article on: What Are Predatory Open Access Journals And Why Should We Worry? This follows a CTV News story that major Canadian journals have been acquired by a predatory publisher

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Recently, CTV News and Toronto Star broke the news about two of Canada’s well known publishing houses for medical journals (Pulsus Group and Andrew John Publishing) have been acquired by OMICS International, a predatory publisher based out of India. This publisher is under investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission which has charged OMICS of making false claims and deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

To raise awareness about predatory publishers, my colleague, Eduardo Franco and I co-authored this blog post for Huffington Post Canada: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/dr-madhukar-pai/preda...

In our blog post, we provide tips on how to spot invitations from predatory OA journals. I hope fellow academics will add their experiences and suggestions.

Madhukar Pai

Associate Director, McGill International TB Centre

I am a Professor and a Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal. I serve as the Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. URL: http://www.paitbgroup.org/