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Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(2): 113-116.
PMID: 32061074
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Research Integrity at Risk: Predatory Journals Are a Growing Threat

Punnya V. Angadi 1 * ORCID logo, Harpreet Kaur 2

1 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, VK Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belgaum-590010, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Physiology, JN Medical College and Hospital, KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belgaum-590010, Karnataka, India

Abstract

The desperation to publish among the scientific and academic community has reached new pinnacles and a new threat to academic integrity has surfaced in the form of predatory journals. These journals try to attract the young researchers with aggressive advertisements promising an early turnaround time for publication which is through absence of peer review and comes at a cost in the form of article processing fees. Predatory journals are an increasing menace affecting research integrity since they assist in author misconduct. They exploit its very foundation which aims at conducting and reporting the research in a truthful way that in turn builds trust and confidence for science in the society. This review gives an overview of predatory journals, their modus operandi, the ethical concerns associated with them and means to curb this menace.
Keywords: Academic misconduct, Beall list, Open access journals, Predatory journals, Research integrity
Cite this article as: Angadi PV, Kaur H. Research integrity at risk: predatory journals are a growing threat. Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(2):113–116.
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Submitted: 21 May 2019
Accepted: 21 Oct 2019
ePublished: 01 Feb 2020
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