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National academies plan assault on predatory journals

Project aims to map global impact of bad practices in publishing and scale-up interventions

An international project to determine the scale of predatory publishing practices across the world is looking to harness the authority of national academies to turn the tide on the profit-driven bad-faith journals taking advantage of the research community.

Predatory journals offer rapid publication of research papers but normally lack robust peer review, and their main aim is to collect fees from researchers. There is also an increasing trend for predatory conferences which present like standard scientific meetings but have little quality control over presentations and can charge extortionate attendance fees.

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