Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Predatory Journals: What Nurse Educators Need to Know

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Predatory Journals: What Nurse Educators Need to Know

Article excerpt

The world of scholarly publishing is changing as the Internet makes our published work more available more quickly. As I reflected on the changes in publishing and thought about this particular issue, I tried to crystallize the key messages. What follows are thoughts about what every nurse educator needs to know.

First, when in doubt about the nature of the journal that you are targeting for your publication, or a journal that solicits your work, do some homework and ask questions. Ask your more experienced colleagues, so that you understand the differences between online publications and open access publications. This seems to be a confusing point for many potential authors. Add to this the issue of predatory journals.

How does one discover if a journal is legitimate or if it deserves the "predatory" label?

Journals that are published online-only are those that have no print copies. Several high-level nursing journals are in this category, and you can safely submit your papers to them.

Open access publishing refers to unrestricted online access to scholarly publications. Open access journals can be peer reviewed and highly rated. The publishing process itself, that is, the process of making all the information in the journal available at no cost to the public, is not a measure of the quality of the papers that are published. Open access publications do not necessarily charge a publishing fee to authors.

Predatory journals are most often open access journals that require the author to pay a publishing fee. They are not legitimate scholarly publications, and they provide minimal review of the work submitted. …

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