J Korean Med Sci.  2017 May;32(5):709-712. 10.3346/jkms.2017.32.5.709.

Manuscript Submission Invitations from ‘Predatory Journals’: What Should Authors Do?

  • 1Department of Health Informatics, Institute of Public Health, University of Gondar, Ethiopia. mihiretaabush@gmail.com
  • 2Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS GmbH, Bremen, Germany.
  • 3Telemedicine and eHealth Department, University of Deggendorf, Deggendorf, Germany.
  • 4Policy and Planning Directorate, Federal Ministry of Health, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Press freedom and worldwide internet access have opened ample opportunity for a staggering number of poor open access journals and junk publishers to emerge. Dubious publishers are abusing and camouflaging the golden open access model. In 2012, Jeffery Beall shed light on the predatory journals (as he preferred to call them) and the threat to open access scientific publication. Publishing in predatory journals is continuing to be a major threat for the development of science in developing countries. The authors of this article proposed solutions and outline a fresh perspective to help authors avoid publishing in predatory journals.


Predatory Journals; Predatory Publishers; Scholarly Open Access

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Developing Countries


  • Fig. 1 Predatory journals. (The image file was organized from multiple sources in the web. Sources are here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer_review, http://www.freeimages.com/premium/question-mark-1409031)

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