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April 2018

Open Access—Is There a Predator at the Door?

Author Affiliations
  • 1JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
  • 2American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy
  • 3Journal of Laryngology and Otology
  • 4Clinical Otolaryngology
  • 5International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
  • 6Journal of Neurological Surgery-Part B
  • 7Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
  • 8OTO-Open
  • 9Otology & Neurotology
  • 10Journal for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
  • 11International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  • 12Journal of Voice
  • 13Ear, Nose and Throat Journal
  • 14Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology
  • 15The Laryngoscope
  • 16American Journal of Otolaryngology
  • 17Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(4):289-290. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0026

Dear Readers,

If your inbox looks like ours, you are barraged daily with requests to send research to a new journal or to join a new editorial board. Many of these invitations are from new journals, almost all are open access, some of which are predatory.

Open access journals play an increasingly important role in today’s world of medical publication and provide information that would otherwise be difficult or impossible for some to access. Openly sharing peer-reviewed information at no cost to the reader can greatly enhance distribution of legitimate scientific and clinical data. However, there is also an increasing number of journals purporting to serve this mission but acting in a predatory fashion. Here are a few guidelines.

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