|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 426
Division of Publication and Information, Indian Council of Medical Research, V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India
|Date of Submission||01-May-2015|
|Date of Acceptance||20-May-2015|
|Date of Web Publication||12-Jun-2015|
N C Jain
Division of Publication and Information, Indian Council of Medical Research, V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Jain N C. Predatory journals. Indian J Med Microbiol 2015;33:426
Of late, a number of publishers with journals have mushroomed that make promises of acceptance and engage in questionable editorial practices. Such journals are popularly known as "predatory" journals - those that exist solely to collect publishing fees with no consideration of academic integrity. In order to make an informed decision, authors can therefore consult Beall's list  that identifies journals and publishers that could be considered "predatory".
Also, one needs to be extremely prudent in selecting a journal for the publication of a research paper, especially in terms of its impact factor (IF). 
So far, as the IFs of science and technology journals are concerned, the latest 2013 IFs of S and T journals are available in the Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 2014.  Specifically, the latest edition of JCR contains 8474 journals from all over the world including 98 from India. And among 98 Indian S and T journals, only 16 are having IF ≥ 1.000 including the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology [Table 1]. Therefore, one should invariably check the latest IF with JCR and cross check the identity of each journal with its International Standard Serial Number, popularly known as ISSN (online/print), which happens to be unique for a journal/periodical/serial.
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The author's views expressed in this communication do not necessarily reflect the views of the ICMR, New Delhi.
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Jain NC. Two Indian journals cross impact factor 1.00 in 2004. Curr Sci 2005;89:429.
Journal Citation Reports 2014, Science edition (web-based). Philadelphia: Thomson Reuters; 2014.