Predatory publishers and journals are becoming one of the most dangerous threats to academia and publications. Scholarly open-access journals have received considerable attention from publishers and researchers due to free access to those journals. Predatory publishers, which publish counterfeit or “fake” journals to exploit the open-access model in which the author pays. These predatory publishers are dishonest and lack transparency. They aim to dupe researchers, especially those inexperienced in scholarly communication.
In 2010, there were 18 predatory publishers, while by the end of 2016, nearly 882 predatory publishers were established, some of these publishers issuing more than 100 journals! The ultimate consequences of such publishers and journals will be catastrophic and serious action will be needed.
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