WASP (Write a Scientific Paper): Open access unsolicited emails for scholarly work - Young and senior researchers perspectives. - PubMed - NCBI
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"Abstract: The increasing demand on academics and researchers to publish has led to the development of fake journals (also known as predatory journals). Such journals lack peer review and precipitate unfair criticism toward legitimate open access journals. Predatory journals tend to bombard a researcher's mailbox on a daily basis, inviting authors to submit a review/manuscript/opinion/short case to their journal while promising expedited publication - against a fee. This study assessed the unsolicited emails received over the period of November 2017 by a young and by a senior researcher. The young researcher received a substantially higher amount of emails (n = 101) compared to the senior researcher (n = 23). The article processing costs for solicited journals received, ranged between $49 and $3019. These journals are almost all only indexed in Google Scholar and do not display any meaningful journal metrics. Furthermore, the majority of the unsolicited emails were not relevant to the researcher's field of study. Therefore authors and readers alike should evaluate emails received with regard to journal legitimacy prior to submission of work to possibly predatory journals.
KEYWORDS: Access to information; Open access; Peer review; Publication; Research"
Cuschieri S, Grech V. Early Hum Dev. 2018 Apr 20. pii: S0378-3782(18)30242-1. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.04.006. [Epub ahead of print]