Predatory Journals in Scientific Research: A Great Challenge

Nnodim Johnkennedy *

Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.

Nwaokoro Joakin Chidozie

Department of Public Health, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Predatory journals are publications that promote themselves as authentic scholarly journals but falsify their publishing procedures. Predatory journals or periodicals that falsely represent their publishing works while presenting themselves as legitimate scholarly journals. They are referred to as fake, dishonest or bogus journals. Many copyright or publication ethics violations, such like making false claims that review process is given, keeping secrets about article processing charges (APC's), misrepresenting editorial board members and others, all examples of parasitic techniques. Since they are growing more widespread around the world, predatory journals are examined in this review to help authors identify and steer well clear of them.

Keywords: Predatory journals, dishonest publishers, article processing charges

How to Cite

Johnkennedy, N., & Chidozie, N. J. (2023). Predatory Journals in Scientific Research: A Great Challenge. Journal of Case Reports in Medical Science, 9(1), 1–4.


Download data is not yet available.


Shugar DH, Kane I. Predatory journal accepts gibberish. Nature. 2019;568(7752): 316–316.

Susan A. Elmore, Eleanor HW. Predatory Journals: What They Are and How to Avoid Them. Toxicol Pathol. 2020;48(4):607–610.

Beall J. Predatory publishers are corrupting open access. Nature. 2012;489(7415):179.

Chawla D. The undercover academic keeping tabs on ‘predatory’ publishing. Nature. 2018;555: 422–423.

Frandsen TF. Why do researchers decide to publish in questionable journals? A review of the literature. Learned Publishing. 2019;32(1):57–62.

Bohannon J. Who’s Afraid of Peer Review? Science. 2013;342(6154):60–65.

Sorokowski P, Kulczycki E, Sorokowska A, Pisanski K. Predatory journals recruit fake editor. Nature. 2017;543(7646):481–483.

Beall J. What I learned from predatory publishers. Biochemia Medica. 2017;27(2): 273–278.

Camacho M, Reckley LK. Predatory Journals: Enough is enough. The Laryngoscope. 2018; 128(7):1510.

Wallace WA. Publish and be damned: The damage being created by predatory publishing. The Bone & Joint Journal. 2019;101-B(5):500–501.

Masic I. Predatory publishing—Experience with OMICS international. Med Arch. 2017;71(5): 304–307.

Beall J. Predatory open-access scholarly publishers. Charlest Advis. 2010;11(4):10–17.

Clemons M, de Costa ESM, Joy AA. Predatory invitations from journals: More than just a nuisance? Oncologist. 2017;22 (2):236–240.

Wilkinson TA, Russell CJ, Bennett WE, Cheng ER, Carroll AE. A cross-sectional study of predatory publishing emails received by career development grant awardees. BMJ Open. 2019; 9(5):e027928.

Eriksson S, Helgesson G. The false academy: Predatory publishing in science and bioethics. Med Health Care Philos. 2917;20 (2):163–170.

Shamseer L, Moher D, Maduekwe O. Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: Can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison. BMC Med. 2017;15 (1):2.