Publishing in predatory journals: Time for reflections

Gboyega A Ogunbanjo


A predatory journal is an online academic journal that charges people money to publish their article, but without the services such as peer review or editing that usually warrant the money. Jeffrey Beall, a University of Colorado Denver associate professor and librarian, and creator of ‘Beall’s List of Potential, Possible, or Probable Predatory Scholarly Open-access Publishers’ has led a crusade against journals eferred to as predatory journals, which were “of questionable and downright low quality”. In 2012, he described predatory journals as “counterfeit journals to exploit the open-access model in which the author pays. These predatory publishers are dishonest and lack transparency.”1,2

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