The rise of open-access publishing, combined with pressure on academics to get published, has caused a spectacular increase in the number of articles spewed out by “predatory” journals, according to researchers at Finland’s Hanken School of Economics.
Such journals, of which there are thousands, charge authors hundreds of dollars in return for lackluster or nonexistent peer review and rapid publication. According to Cenyu Shen and Bo-Christer Bjork, the co-authors of “‘Predatory’ Open Access: A Longitudinal Study of Article Volumes and Market Characteristics,” the journals dumped more than 420,000 articles into the market in 2014, up from 53,000 in 2010....more
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