ELMAR and Predatory Publishers


A couple of recent posts have been made to disappear

POSTING TYPE: Administrivia

Author: Charles Hofacker

ELMAR and Predatory Publishers

For the purposes of this note, I will define a predatory journal or publisher following Grudniewicz et al. (2019):

    “Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.”

It has come to my attention that I have posted some special issue calls from a publisher who would seem to be predatory according to the above definition. As such, I now believe these posts were a mistake on my part and I have deleted them. The publisher in question is identified by name in Oviedo-García (2021).

I welcome conversation and engagement in general on the topic of predatory publishers so, as usual, feel free to drop me a line. In fact, my realization followed an email conversation with a PhD student who reached out to me last week.


Grudniewicz, Agnes, David Moher, Kelly D. Cobey, Gregory L. Bryson, Samantha Cukier, Kristiann Allen, Clare Ardern, Lesley Balcom, Tiago Barros, Monica Berger, Jairo Buitrago Ciro, Lucia Cugusi, Michael R. Donaldson, Matthias Egger, Ian D. Graham, Matt Hodgkinson, Karim M. Khan, Mahlubi Mabizela, Andrea Manca, Katrin Milzow, Johann Mouton, Marvelous Muchenje, Tom Olijhoek, Alexander Ommaya, Bhushan Patwardhan, Deborah Poff, Laurie Proulx, Marc Rodger, Anna Severin, Michaela Strinzel, Mauro Sylos-Labini, Robyn Tamblyn, Marthie van Niekerk, Jelte M. Wicherts, and Manoj M. Lalu (20198), “Predatory Journals: No Definition, No Defence,” Nature, 576 (12 December 2019), [Google Scholar] [Publisher].

Oviedo-García, M. Ángeles (2021), “Journal Citation Reports and the Definition of a Predatory Journal: The Case of the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI),” Research Evaluation, 30 (3), 405-419,  [Google Scholar] [Publisher].

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This decision represents my own academic judgment and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the AMA or of any other entity or person.