Scam open access journals

Rory McGreal, Jul 23, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Rory McGreal warns of "a growing number of scam open access journals that for the most part use "gold open access" in which the author pays." Peter Suber raises the same concern in an interview with Richard Poynder: "I’m disappointed by the cancerous growth of scam or predatory OA journals, by the assumption in some quarters that all or most OA journals are predatory." McGreal identifies some scam lists, including McGreal offers good advice to academics: "I think that it is best to assume that if you have to pay, it is scam. Even legitimate commercial journals now offer 'gold open access' in which the scholar pays to have the article in an open database. This too, in my opinion, is a scam."

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