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".
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