'Predatory publishing journals scam academics for profit'

The Centre for Research on Science and Technology (Crest) at Stellenbosch University has conducted research into journals that are out to make money from academics. In an academic world of 'publish or perish', many look for any outlet to get their research papers out.

Science journalist Sarah Wild chats to CapeTalk's John Maytham about what has become known as 'predatory publishing'.

What does it mean?

Predatory publishers are online academic journals that are basically a scam, taking advantage of the open access model which researchers pay in order to publish in academic journals.

Sarah Wild, science journalist

She says these journals have no academic standing or credibility.

They are just out to make money out of academics.

Sarah Wild, science journalist

She says that many of these journals Crest has labelled 'possibly or probably predatory', are on the Department of Higher Education and Training's accredited list.

How it works in South Africa, if you publish in an accredited journal, you get money from the government -about R100 000 per qualifying academic article.

Sarah Wild, science journalist

And while they have not done anything legally wrong, she says, "ethically it is another matter."

She says the Education Department has now come out strongly against these predatory journals.

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