"Predatory open access publishing is an exploitative open-access publishing business model, in academic publishing, that involves charging exorbitant publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not) and involves authors signing away their rights, thus trapping their research in servers beholden to the 'fake' publisher, which can highly impact a career. "
Along with impacting tenure and the hard work done on legitimate research in thier own sphere, faculty should be aware of the journal articles that students are using on their bibliographies. One example of a common predatory journal is "The Journal of Sport Science", which uses a name very close to a legitimate journal like "Journal of Sport Science and Medicine". Please beware; these shady journals will often use such close-sounding names to real peer-reviewed products.
Shamseer, L. (2017). Thirteen ways to spot a ‘predatory journal’ (and why we shouldn’t call them that). Times Higher Education. Retreived from https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/thirteen-ways-to-spot-a-predatory-journal-and-why-we-shouldnt-call-them-that
Often these journals are the only avenue for African and Asian faculty and students to both access (due to the prohibitive cost of subscription databases) and to publish their research. A 2015 study in "BMC Medicine" showed that 75% of authors in predatory journals are from Africa and Asia, which may indicate a lack of Western journals open to emerging authors. Unfortunately, their research is not getting the peer-review it deserves due to systemic racism in first-world countries and a lot of these African and Asian school's and government's funds are diverted to these exploitative entities instead of funding an ethical platform based out of their own scholarly centers.
Thanks to Rob Hudson, Librarian at Upper Iowa University for the content of this libguide. (Originally presented at the Iowa Library Association Fall 2017 conference in Coralville, Iowa on October 20, 2017).