Bad (academic) journals

Be careful when you are invited to submit articles to journals you don’t know!

In a recent workshop in Erbil, Dr Jeffrey Beall gave a lecture about open access publishing and drew our attention to existence of hundreds of online publishers who promote themselves as prestigious academic publishers and invite scholars to submit articles to their journals.  Many of these publishers and their hundreds of online journals (which Beall calls predatory publishers and journals) are in fact only profit-driven and don’t follow academic standards for writing and publishing.. After years of work on this issue, Beall shares his experience and advice through his weblog including a list of publishers http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/ and a list of standalone journals  http://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/

This is a great resource to academic institutions and individual academics. We should avoid publishing in these journals and spread the information to all academic circles in Kurdistan.