[IRTalk] ‘Predatory’ open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics

Nason Bimbe nasonbimbe at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 15:45:34 SAST 2016

A negative consequence of the rapid growth of scholarly open access
publishing funded by article processing charges is the emergence of
publishers and journals with highly questionable marketing and peer review
practices. These so-called predatory publishers are causing unfounded
negative publicity for open access publishing in general. Reports about
this branch of e-business have so far mainly concentrated on exposing
lacking peer review and scandals involving publishers and journals. There
is a lack of comprehensive studies about several aspects of this
phenomenon, including extent and regional distribution.

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