There is a growing need to produce scientific publications in universities, with the resulting increase in manuscripts submitted for review to scientific journals. Open access, a model designed to increase the dissemination of knowledge, has become a business model for certain fraudulent or predatory journals, which see the payment of publication rates by the authors as a money-making venture. These journals take advantage of some researchers’ lack of knowledge about the types of journals and how the normal publishing process of a serious journal works, characterized by a peer review of the scientific work, a process that usually takes several months. Predatory journals are a real threat, for both the quality of scientific articles published and for the authors, who pay high prices to have their work published in journals of low or no quality. The aim of this article is to describe the characteristics of the existing scientific journals and highlight aspects that authors should consider to identify and avoid fraudulent journals.
KEY WORDS: predatory editorials, business, journal impact factor, open access publishing, scientific misconduct.
How to cite this article
FUENTES, R. Identification of fraudulent scientific journals. Int. J. Odontostomat., 15(2):377-380, 2021.