January 18, 2022

Publishing: “Bona Fide Journals–Creating a Predatory-Free Academic Publishing Environment”

From a Post on the Leiden Madtrics Blog From the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University:

Predatory journals pose a significant problem to academic publishing. In the past, a number of attempts have been made to identify them. This blog post presents a novel approach towards a predatory-free academic publishing landscape: Bona Fide Journals.

A recent item in Nature News reports “Hundreds of ‘predatory’ journals indexed on leading scholarly database”, sub-headed “[…] the analysis highlights how poor-quality science is infiltrating literature.”

A year before, a group of leading scholars and publishers already warned in a comment in Nature, “So far, disparate attempts to address predatory publishing have been unable to control this ever-multiplying problem. The need will be greater as authors adjust to Plan S and other similar mandates, which will require researchers to publish their work in open-access journals or platforms if they are funded by most European agencies, the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others.”

Given the significance of the problem of predatory publishing, QOAM (Quality Open Access Market), in cooperation with CWTS, has started a new initiative to create a predatory-free academic publishing environment: Bona Fide Journals.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.