Who should fix poorly reviewed predatory journals? (3)

10 June, 2018

Thank you, Dr. Lanfranco, for the thoughtful comments.

In addition to the greed driving the worst of the predatory journal examples (take the money, post the article, close down the operation a few days later), there is an underlying issue of inability or unwillingness by those in academic positions of authority to make use of their skills in critical reading and analysis. The Journal Impact Factor concept that Eugene Garfield developed as a tool for identifying journals to index in his Science Citation Index has long been misappropriated as a crutch, assumed to be a surrogate for a quality indicator for an article or the value of a researcher's work. When those with the authority to make a difference start reading and thinking about the value of what they read we may be able to move forward.

Best wishes,

Pam Sieving

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