British Dental Journal 219, 147 (2015)
Published online: 28 August 2015 | doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2015.643

Publishing: Predatory publishing

M. Bajpai1

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Sir, the term predatory publishers was first used by Ball in 2010 for journals following an exploitative open access publishing business model that involves charging authors a publication fee without providing the editorial and peer review services associated with legitimate journals.1

Because of promotion, academic reputation and pay rise issues many dental academicians are forced to publish their work. Young scholars in developing countries, such as India, are more vulnerable to become a victim of such a practice.2 These journals reach authors by different ways; mostly they send an email and offer fast publication, some journals claim that well known academicians are on their editorial board although the person has no relation with the journal.3 The journals often have a name that does not adequately reflect their region (eg Canadian, American, European or Swiss but has no relationship to these places) and falsely claim to have a high impact factor. Some predatory journals do not initially inform authors that they charge for publication until the article has already been accepted for publication.4

One should remember that these journals not only take one's money but also one's academic reputation.



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  1. Jaipur, India

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