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.
Piccirillo JF, Chandra R, Fisher EW, Jones TM, Kennedy DW, Kraus DH, Krouse JH, Link M, Lustig LR, O’Malley BW, Ruben R, Sataloff RT, Sindwani R, Smith RJ, Stewart MG, Weber PC, Welling DB, Youngs R, BS M. Open Access—Is There a Predator at the Door?. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online February 15, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0026
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