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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 426

Predatory journals

Division of Publication and Information, Indian Council of Medical Research, V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission01-May-2015
Date of Acceptance20-May-2015
Date of Web Publication12-Jun-2015

Correspondence Address:
N C Jain
Division of Publication and Information, Indian Council of Medical Research, V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.158573

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Jain N C. Predatory journals. Indian J Med Microbiol 2015;33:426

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Jain N C. Predatory journals. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Jun 6];33:426. Available from:

Dear Editor,

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 [1] 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). [2]

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. [3] 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.
Table 1: Sixteen Indian S and T journals with IF≥1.000 during 2013

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Scholarly Open Access - Critical Analysis of Scholarly Open-access Publishing. Available from: [Last accessed on 2015 May 01].  Back to cited text no. 1
Jain NC. Two Indian journals cross impact factor 1.00 in 2004. Curr Sci 2005;89:429.  Back to cited text no. 2
Journal Citation Reports 2014, Science edition (web-based). Philadelphia: Thomson Reuters; 2014.  Back to cited text no. 3


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