In academic and professional publishing, it's important to publish research in reputable journals.
At the very least, it's important to publish in journals with legitimate peer-review processes and that uphold rigorous guidelines for manuscript acceptance and publication.
The number of journals not meeting professional standards has risen apace with the ease of producing online-only publications.
Unfortunately, that increase in the number of journals means that many journals are not up to par.
In March 2023, Web of Science, owned by Clarivate, made the decision to delist more than 80 journals (20 of them publicly named so far) that showed evidence of predatory or unprofessional publication practices.
These journals will no longer be listed on Web of Science, which is one of the larger indexes of academic and professional journals.
Citations from these delisted journals will no longer be counted, which has a negative impact on authors' metrics.
The most unfortunate thing about such journals is that many times, authors of really high-quality research are negatively impacted.
The journal publishers are the bad actors, not the authors doing the hard work of producing research.
This is not the first time journals have been delisted from indexes for exhibiting questionable or downright predatory practices. It won't be the last.
Protect yourself as an author by targeting journals that you know are legitimate. Here are some tips for avoiding predatory or questionable journals.
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