Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6373-6264

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2018

Publication Title

The Canadian journal of nursing research = Revue canadienne de recherche en sciences infirmieres

Volume

50

Issue

1

First Page

3

Last Page

8

DOI

10.1177/0844562117748287

Keywords

scholarly communication, nursing journals, publishing, predatory journals, open access

Abstract

Open access publishing enables scholarship to be openly accessible to everyone, which has countless benefits. However, the open access movement has opened the door for "predatory publishers" to take advantage of researchers surviving in this publish or perish academic landscape. Predatory journals are becoming increasingly common. Nursing researchers, instructors, and students need to be made aware of the dangers of predatory journals, and they need to know how to identify them. While there are blacklists and whitelists that can be used to aid in decision-making, it is critical to note that these lists can never be entirely up to date. This article incorporates a literature review which provides insights into newer trends in predatory and unethical publishing, including "journal hijacking" and "bogus impact factors". Extensive criteria for assessing emerging or unknown journals is compiled to aid researchers, students, educators, and the public in evaluating open access publications.

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