Articles of potential scientific value could be lost because they are published in these journals.
Predatory publishing has become increasingly ubiquitous across the sciences and beyond. Importantly, Dr Nicola Alberto Valente, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, compiled and studied the barrage of invitations he received over the course of an academic year. He then attempted to quantitatively assess the impact these invitations had on him and his work. Research Outreach spoke to Dr Valente about his findings, and about the impact of these publishers more generally.
A topic often not discussed when questionable publishers are spoken about is the degree to which potentially valuable work is lost to science and society when it appears in a dubious publication.
Dr Valente is in a great position to shed light on the troubling allure of these publishers, and to impart some much-needed advice on how to make informed and confident decisions about journals.