May 16, 2022

New Discussion Document From the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): “Predatory Publishing”

From the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE):

Much has been written about ‘predatory publishing’ over the past decade. In this discussion document, COPE will describe the basic phenomenon, identify the key issues, describe the impact on the various stakeholders involved, analyse proposed interventions and solutions, and present COPE’s perspective on addressing the problem going forward. This discussion will synonymously refer to predatory publishing and predatory journals/publications as fake scholarly publishing and fake scholarly journals/publications, respectively, and will elaborate on the issues with terminology. While the focus of this discussion paper is primarily journals, there are also predatory conferences and predatory proceedings of those conferences. COPE welcomes feedback and comments from publishers, journal editors, reviewers, researchers, institutions, librarians, funders, and other stakeholders on this subject.

Source: Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
DOI: 10.24318/cope.2019.3.6

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16 pages; PDF.

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