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Problems and challenges of predatory journals

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      The companies publishing predatory journals are an emerging problem in the area of scientific literature as they only seek to drain money from authors without providing any customer service for the authors or their readership. These predatory journals try to attract new submissions by aggressive email advertising and high acceptance rates. But in turn, they do not provide proper peer review, and therefore, the scientific quality of submitted articles is questionable. This is important because more and more people, including patients, are reading such journals and rely on the information they provide. Consequently, predatory journals are a serious threat to the integrity of medical science, and it is crucial for scientists, physicians and even patients to be aware of this problem. In this review, we briefly summarize the history of the open access movement, as well as the rise of and roles played by predatory journals. In conclusion, young and inexperienced authors publishing in a predatory journal must be aware of the damage of their reputation, of inadequate peer review processes and that unprofitable journals might get closed and all published articles in that journal might be lost.

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            Affiliations
            [ 1 ] Pharmacology Section Otto Loewi Research Center Medical University of Graz Graz Austria
            [ 2 ] Department of Dermatology Medical University of Graz Graz Austria
            [ 3 ] Department of Dermatology and Venereology State Hospital Klagenfurt Klagenfurt am Wörthersee Austria
            [ 4 ] Department of Dermatology and Allergy Charité‐Universitaetsmedizin Berlin Berlin Germany
            Author notes
            [* ]Correspondence: G. Richtig. E‐mail: georg.richtig@ 123456medunigraz.at
            Contributors
            georg.richtig@medunigraz.at
            Journal
            J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol
            J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol
            10.1111/(ISSN)1468-3083
            JDV
            Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
            John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
            0926-9959
            1468-3083
            29 May 2018
            September 2018
            : 32
            : 9 ( doiID: 10.1111/jdv.2018.32.issue-9 )
            : 1441-1449
            29729106
            6174996
            10.1111/jdv.15039
            JDV15039
            © 2018 The Authors. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

            This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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            Figures: 3, Tables: 3, Pages: 9, Words: 6162
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            Funded by: Austrian Science Fund FWF
            Award ID: W1241
            Funded by: Medical University Graz
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            jdv15039
            September 2018
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            Dermatology

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