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Are predatory journals undermining the credibility of science? A bibliometric analysis of citers (Papers: Tove Faber Frandsen | September 2017)

Published/Released on September 25, 2017 | Posted by Admin on March 24, 2018 / , , , , ,
 


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Abstract

Our professional development strategies for HDR candidates and other early career researchers must warn them away from citing work distributed by illegitimate publishers lest they undermine the perceived quality of their work. Authors of articles published in predatory journals tend to be young, inexperienced and from Asia or Africa. This paper finds that those who cite articles found in predatory journals also predominantly (but not exclusively) come from the same demographic background.

Warnings against publishing in predatory journals are plentiful and so are the suggested solutions to the problem. The existing studies all confirm that authors of articles published in potential predatory journals are typically young, inexperienced and from Asia or Africa. To what extend we can consider the problem negligible is determined by the impact they are having on the scholarly communication in terms of publications and citations. The existing literature can provide more information about the former than the latter. This paper is an analysis of potential predatory journals as well as potential poor scientific standards journals. Citations to 124 potential predatory journals and poor scientific standards journals are looked up in Scopus and the citing authors analysed in regards to geographic location, publications and citations. The results show that the characteristics of the citing author indeed resemble those of the publishing author. Implications for recommendations and future research are discussed.
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Keywords
Predatory journals, Citing authors, Citation analysis
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Frandsen TF. (2017) Are predatory journals undermining the credibility of science? A bibliometric analysis of citers. Scientometrics.  pp1-16 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-017-2520-x
Publisher: https://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11192-017-2520-x



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