University of Innsbruck

More trans­parency as a solu­tion against pre­datory jour­nals

Thousands of predatory journals worldwide present themselves as serious platforms for scientific articles, but they do not offer real quality. Open Peer Review could be a solution.

One of the problems with predatory journals is the lack of scientific control of submitted articles. In the renowned scientific journal "Nature" of April 2, 2020, Leonhard Dobusch of the Institute for Organization and Learning at the University of Innsbruck criticizes in a commentary a previously published definition of such "predatory journals". It leaves out the most important criterion for him: the quality of the peer review. In the video, he describes the problem of predatory journals and explains how more transparency, such as a publicly visible review process by experts, could put a stop to predatory publishers.