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Writing and Publishing in the Medical and Health Sciences: Predators - The Basics

This guide is intended to inform authors about the key features of scholarly writing and publishing in the medical and health sciences.

What is Wrong with Predatory Publishers?

  • Mayo Clinic Academic Appointments and Promotions Committee does not recognize publications or editorial positions in nonreputable journals
  • You may be unable to withdraw your article, or you may be asked to pay a "ransom" fee
  • Reputations are put at risk: Mayo Clinic's, yours, your coauthors'
  • Dissemination of your research is limited
  • Your research is less likely to be cited

Also Beware of Predatory Conferences

Predatory conferences solicit clinicians and researchers to attend and present their work.  The primary intent is to profit rather than promote an organized exchange of scientific communication.

Mayo Clinic Resources on Predatory Publishing

Selected Articles on Predatory Publishing

Predatory publications in evidence syntheses.
Ross-White A, Godfrey CM, Sears KA, Wilson R.
J Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Jan; 107(1):57-61.
doi: 10.5195/jmla.2019.491.

Predatory journals: a serious complication in the scholarly publishing landscape. 
Bowman DE, Wallace MB. 
Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Jan;87(1):273-274. 
doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2017.09.019. 

Quality of articles published in predatory nursing journals.
Oermann MH, Nicoll LH, Chinn PL, et al.
Nurs Outlook. 2018 Jan-Feb;66(1):4-10.
doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.05.005.

Predatory Publishing: What Are the Alternatives to Beall's List?
Strielkowski W.
Am J Med. 2018 Apr;131(4):333-334.
doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.10.054. 

Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison.
Shamseer L, et al.
BMC Med. 2017 Mar 16;15(1):28.
doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0785-9.

False Gold: Safely Navigating Open Access Publishing to Avoid Predatory Publishers and Journals.
McCann TV, Polacsek M.
J Adv Nurs. 2018 Apr;74(4):809-17.
doi: 10.1111/jan.13483.