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When Progress Becomes Predation

“Pseudojournals” – predatory journals or publishers – abuse the academic system and community solely to gain profit. They do so by charging for the publication of questionable scientific content, devoid of standard editorial procedures like peer review. These journals operate globally, but their deleterious effects on the academic environment are felt most keenly in developing countries, where local researchers who publish in such journals build careers and gain tenure based on their publications, but fail to advance their scientific and medical skills. On the other hand, these journals may also attract honest but inexperienced researchers who find their article “hijacked” after submission – no longer permitted to withdraw it, but subject to pressure to pay the fee for publication.

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About the Authors

Yaman AlAhmad

Yaman AlAhmad is a medical student at the College of Medicine, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.


Ibrahim Abdelhafez

Ibrahim Abdelhafez is a medical student at the College of Medicine, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.


Faruk Skenderi

Faruk Skenderi is an academic pathologist at the University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Semir Vranić

Semir Vranić is Assistant Professor of Pathology and a Union for International Cancer Control Fellow at the College of Medicine, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.

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