This open access paper published in August 2022 dives into the data relating to researchers who very intentionally publishing with predatory publishers to cheat and game promotion, activity incentive, grant and other publication-based systems. We need to rethink our professional development away from warning unwitting researchers about predatory publishers and their tricks. We need to include warnings for more experienced researchers about the negative consequences of publishing with them. Institutions, funding bodies and learned societies need to included intentionally publishing with questionable publishers/predatory publishers as being a form of research misconduct. Because it is a blatant attempt to defraud reward systems.
- An analysis of publications shows that half the authors have only published once in a predatory journal.
- The authors with most publications in predatory journals also show the highest publication volume in total.
- Articles in predatory journals represent 15%–25% of authors’ Scopus-indexed articles and reviews.