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Fake news, every year 400 thousand articles on journals predatory. But it is difficult to recognize them
TO fight the fake news scientific that pollute the public debate, the journal Nature has published for the first time a definition of 'magazines predatory'. The definition was drawn up by a panel of 35 researchers from 10 different countries who met in Ottawa, Canada, last April and of which he has also Mauro Sylos Labini, professor of the University of Pisa.

According to the definition published in Nature, the 'journals predatory' are the ones that put their economic interests in the dissemination of scientific research and, more specifically, report information is false or misleading, do not comply with the best practices in editorial and publishing are not transparent and addressed (usually by email) to researchers so aggressive and indiscriminate to encourage them to send their articles.

According to the estimates of scholars, it is estimated that each year about 400 thousand articles appear in magazines that claim academic standards, but instead publish anything for a fee. Consequently, it is increasingly complicated to understand if the results of a research found online were published following the rules of the scientific community.

"magazines are predatory deceive colleagues, inexperienced, pollute the evaluation of the research, and disseminating information potentially false as scientific - has declared Mauro Sylos Labini , economist of the Department of Political Science of the University of pisa - this Is the publications sometimes difficult to recognize, because of the many black lists available online are not always consistent between them, it is therefore important that the academic community find an agreement on a definition and identifying the characteristics that can identify them".

"The Republic will fight always in defense of the freedom of information, to its readers and to all those who have at heart the principles of democracy and civil coexistence"

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