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Predatory publishers criticised for 'unethical, unprincipled' tactics

2 Aug 2015
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They create copycat 'science journals', exploit academic authors and publish junk 'peer reviewed' science. Hagar Cohen investigates one of the biggest of the alleged 'predatory' publishers, and the dubious tactics used in this growing sector.

Predatory publishers are exploiting academics by getting them to pay fees—sometimes thousands of dollars—to publish their papers in low-grade journals, alongside anything from harmful junk science to flat out dangerous ideas.

One publisher, with over 700 peer reviewed journals listed, has more than 200 Australian academics on their editorial boards, in many cases unbeknownst to the academics themselves.

See Related Content below for a post by Roxanne Missingham (University Librarian at ANU and AOASG’s Deputy Chair) providing practical advice to researchers on how to prevent exploitation through being published in a journal, or participating in a conference, that could be considered 'predatory' or 'vanity'.

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