Pseudo Journals

In the world of publishing for academic journals, certain “pseudo journals” exist. These journals are generated to look like a normal journal and possess average-looking articles but have essentially no peer review process. A lack of a peer review process is a major red flag, as peer review is an important indicator as to how selective a given journal is. For example, Nature has three peer reviewers that discuss every paper that’s submitted and give it a score. PLoS, a less cited journal, has only one peer reviewer, and is therefore a less selective journal. Pseudo journals appear to be legitimate journals, but only do so that they can charge a publishing fee. This fee is essentially for nothing since the fake journal really does not help to expose the paper to a larger audience, or any audience. Pseudo journals also go under the name “Predatory Publishers.” One such journal described on a research blog is called SCRIP, which stands for Science Research Publishing.


One thought on “Pseudo Journals

  1. davinadhani March 3, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    I have never heard the term “pseudo journal” before. I wasn’t even aware of the fact that journals were always submitted for a peer review. I thought that only scientific research journals had to go through that process and other publications were picked at the discretion of the journal editors. This is good to know though. In the past, when I wrote research papers I would never choose sources that I had to pay for, so I guess I wouldn’t have encountered predatory publishers that much. I guess that this phenomenon wouldn’t have been as much of a problem before the digital age. Now, I have no idea how anyone would be able to monitor these kinds of publications. I suppose people just have to be very wary of everything before they pay.


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