Why do researchers decide to publish in questionable journals? A review of the literature

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Peer review is a cornerstone of scientific publication, and consequently, predatory journals are feared to be a threat to the credibility of science as they perform no or low-quality peer review. The question of why researchers decide to publish in a questionable journal remains relatively unexplored. This paper provides an overview of the existing literature on why researchers decide to publish papers in questionable journals, specifically whether or not they search for a low-barrier way to getting published while being aware that the chosen journal probably does not adhere to acceptable academic standards. The choice of a publication outlet can be seen as a submission tree that consists of various incentives, and explaining why authors publish in deceptive journals may thus consist of a combination of awareness and motivational factors. Awareness and motivation of diligent authors is very different from that of unethical authors. Unethical authors may use a lack of awareness to excuse their actions, but they may actively search for a low-barrier way to getting published. As there are different types of authors who publish in deceptive journals, we need different approaches to solve the problem.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftLearned Publishing
Vol/bind32
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)57-62
ISSN0953-1513
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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