A team of Canadian researchers that studied so-called predatory journals is suggesting a “co-ordinated response” from scientists, institutions and patients to combat the spread of illegitimate or questionable science.
The predatory journals operate on a for-profit basis, and often publish poorly researched or bogus science that could endanger scientific credibility and, ultimately, patients.
A previous study by the Ottawa research team looked at more than 1,900 studies published in suspected predatory journals and found that the majority of them didn't meet the basic information requirements to be published by a legitimate journal.
“Predatory journals are corrupting science,” David Moher, the senior author of the paper and a University of Ottawa professor, said in a news release.
“Relevant policies and actions need to be taken by funders and institutions to fight them.”