897 predatory journals identified in UGC’s white list

Only 112 of the 1,009 randomly chosen university-recommended journals included in the UGC white list were found to be standard.  The remaining 897 journals were found to dubious or predatory. About 350 (34.5%) journals examined either did not provide verifiable postal address or email address of the chief editor and editors, the basic criterion to be included in … Continue reading 897 predatory journals identified in UGC’s white list

How to spot predatory journals

Spotting predatory journals is quite easy in most cases. By default, most predatory journals have at least a few red flags (as listed here) that should warn researchers of the true nature of the journals. In those cases where it is very difficult to tell them apart, researchers should consult their librarians or fellow-researchers to … Continue reading How to spot predatory journals

UGC’s revised white list has 111 more predatory journals

The increasing number of predatory journals spotted in the UGC list of approved journals is a clear indication that UGC is not equipped to produce and sustain a journal white list. And allowing universities to recommend journals to be added to the list has only made things worse. It's time it scraps the list and … Continue reading UGC’s revised white list has 111 more predatory journals

Researchers at Harvard, Mayo Clinic too publish in predatory journals

Twenty-seven per cent of over 1,900 papers published in predatory journals came from researchers based in India. But a large number of scientists in the developed countries too are willing to pay to have their work published in predatory journals. Contrary to popular belief, 57% of primary biomedical research papers published in predatory journals were … Continue reading Researchers at Harvard, Mayo Clinic too publish in predatory journals

Now, more predatory journals get indexed in PubMed

The PubMed database managers have irresponsibly allowed it to become a repository of citations to predatory journal articles. Among other things, the next time you see a questionable journal proudly announcing that it is indexed in Pubmed, chances are that the journal is predatory. Contrary to the popular notion that only genuine and distinguished journals … Continue reading Now, more predatory journals get indexed in PubMed

Predatory journals in India make desperate bid to gain authenticity

  One more evidence that India has a huge and growing number of predatory journal publishers comes from the India office of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Since March 2014, when the new criteria for DOAJ listing were put out, there have been about 1,600 applications from Open Access journal publishers based in … Continue reading Predatory journals in India make desperate bid to gain authenticity