A shift in scholarly publishing practices and the growing menace of predatory journals

Peter L Munk, Tyler M Coupal and Wilfred CG Peh
Med J Aust 2018; 209 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00892
Published online: 20 August 2018

A certification process by an independent agency would help tackle the threat of predatory journals

The past two decades have seen many changes in scholarly publishing — something that has largely been the result of the advent of the internet and its growing influence on our lives. In an effort to adapt to this new age of technology, many journals have developed online editions and some journals have even switched over entirely to online editions. A step beyond this has been the implementation of open access journal publication, which continues to become more commonplace within current publishing practices.

  • Peter L Munk1,2
  • Tyler M Coupal1
  • Wilfred CG Peh3

  • 1 Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2 Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 3 Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore


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