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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-7

Predatory publishing: What a researcher should know about


1 Department of Research, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, Delhi, India
2 Department of Research, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, Delhi, India; Department of Laboratory and Transfusion Services, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Smreti Vasudevan
Department of Research, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, Rohini, Delhi,
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jco.jco_15_20

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With the emergence of fast modes of communication such as Twitter, Blogs, Instagram, and others, the world is writing and sharing as never before. But what distinguishes an academic publication from all other write-ups is the credibility and future utility of the message conveyed. A stringent peer review mechanism is the guarantee to trustworthiness and usability of the publication for future scientific discourse and research. Circumventing or weakening the peer review process for ulterior considerations marks a predatory journal. These journals may end up circulating scientifically questionable information that may lead astray the scientific community. It is important that a researcher is not duped by predatory calls and he makes an informed decision for his submission. This article attempts to explain in a concise manner the key attributes and modus operandi of predatory journals, the consequence of predatory publishing, and the measures that can be adopted to curb such practices.


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