Do we need to stop talking about 'predatory' journals? ¶
By: Andy Nobes on Feb. 9, 2018, 3:13 p.m.
I read this article yesterday by South African Reggie Raju, which gave me much food for thought. It critiques Beall's List and the use of the term 'predatory': https://librarypublishing.org/predatory-publishing-global-south-perspective/
“I believe that there is ample evidence to demonstrate that the Beall criteria for declaring a journal title predatory is fundamentally flawed. And, that this flawed definition has and continues to cause more than discomfort to some excellent researchers and their research output. As indicated, tenures are jeopardised, so too are grant funding opportunities. Another issue that needs some attention is the impact of the list and the concept. Firstly, it casts major aspersions on the quality of both the journal and articles published in it. As pointed by Nwagwu and Ojemeni (2015), the fact that an editorial board is composed primarily of researchers from the global south does not make the journal predatory. There is significant expertise in the global south to make up a reputable editorial board. Who says that the gold standard has to be perfect English? This intolerance is a reflection of inward thinking and a superiority complex – perfect English is an invalid criteria to determine the quality of the research published in the journal. Another criteria that is used to cast aspersions on the quality of the journal is the peer review process. Again, the fact that a journal title does not have a rigorous peer review process does not necessarily make it predatory. There are a number of journals, for example, student journals published by leading research institutions that do not have rigorous blind peer review processes. The question that needs interrogation is: does it contribute to some level of scholarship? Does it contribute to improving the quality of life of the fauna and flora and/or human life?”
What do you think? I know that our community may have very different opinions on this.