Gul Pamukcu Gunaydin1, Nurettin Ozgur Dogan2

1Ankara Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, Turkey
2Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Turkey

Keywords: Fake journal, Hijacked journal, Open access, Predatory journal, Predatory publishing, Pseudo publishing


Recently scientists have been targets of pseudo journals (fake, hijacked or predatory journals). These journals provide a low barrier to publication and quick publication times compared to high quality journals and exploit the pay-to-publish system in order to charge publication fees but they provide no formal peer-review. We aim to increase awareness among emergency physicians about pseudo journals.

Trying to list all of fake, hijacked or predatory journals is not the solution because new journals are launched almost everyday and the fast proliferation of journals makes it difficult to identify and list all of them. Only an understanding of the practices and markers of legitimate and predatory publishers will allow the researcher to keep pace with danger because fraud is an ever-changing field.

In this review we offer basic information (our top list of strategies and potential red flags) to recognize these journals to avoid submission and suggest some solutions if a paper has already been submitted or published in these journals.