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Predatory Journals: Call to Action for the Field of Education

by Ryan Allen - October 18, 2019

Over the past few years, there has been a rise in predatory journals in academic publishing. They can generally be defined as publications that lack any real peer review, have hidden publication fees, and blast spam emails to solicit submissions. This commentary describes the landscape of predatory journals and outlines a few checks that researchers can take to avoid these publications. However, this is not simply a warning to the rise of predatory journals, but rather a call to action for the field of education. Few studies have considered the impact and reach of predatory journals on our field and the phenomenon has been almost completely absent from the biggest educational research conferences in North America. Educational researchers need to take seriously the threat that predatory journals pose to the field’s credibility.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 18, 2019
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23117, Date Accessed: 11/29/2020 9:18:13 PM

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  • Ryan Allen
    Chapman University
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    RYAN ALLEN, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University.
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