Adv Pharm Bull. 2016;6(1): 1-4.
doi: 10.15171/apb.2016.001
PMID: 27123411
PMCID: PMC4845555
Scopus ID: 84962449920
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Ranking Predatory Journals: Solve the Problem Instead of Removing It!

Mehdi Dadkhah 1*, Giorgio Bianciardi 1

1 Department of Medical Biotechnologies, Anatomia Patologica, Siena University, 53100 Siena, Italy.


Predatory journals are a well-known issue for scholarly publishing and they are repositories for bogus research. In recent years, the number of predatory journals has risen and it is necessary to present a solution for this challenge. In this paper, we will discuss about a possible ranking of predatory journals. Our ranking approach is based on Beall’s criteria for detection of predatory journals and it can help editors to improve their journals or convert their questionable journals to non-predatory ones. Moreover, our approach could help young editors to protect their journals against predatory practice. Finally, we present a case study to clarify our approach.
Keywords: Predatory journals, Ranking predatory journals, Journal selection, Academic ethic, Journal quality, Predatory journal criteria
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Submitted: 16 Dec 2015
Revision: 07 Jan 2016
Accepted: 13 Jan 2016
ePublished: 17 Mar 2016
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