Predatory journals: Research that isn't read doesn't exist

Journal name:
Nature
Volume:
550,
Page:
188
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doi:10.1038/550188e
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David Moher and colleagues underline how harmful predatory journals are in medicine and related fields (Nature 549, 2325; 2017). In other research areas that are less well funded, such as my own field of palaeontology, my hunch is that these journals are irrelevant.

Like any other academic, I receive e-mails trying to entice me to publish in the New Journal of Dodgy Fossil Research or similar, but I suspect that — at best — these journals receive papers mainly from fringe researchers who are struggling to get their weak results published. I doubt whether anyone actually reads those articles. And if research isn't read, it doesn't exist.

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  1. Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, the Netherlands.

    • Stephen K. Donovan

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