Contrary to popular belief, 57% of primary biomedical research papers published in predatory journals are from developed countries. Of the 1,907 papers published in 220 predatory journals, 27% were by researchers based in India, followed by the U.S. at 15%. The predatory journals were chosen from a list drawn up by University of Colorado Denver librarian Jeffrey Beall.
“Our findings suggest that the problem of predatory publishing is a global phenomenon that researchers from across the globe from a variety of academic institutions have contributed to,” Larissa Shamseer, from the University of Ottawa and one of the authors of the comment piece, said. Researchers from prestigious international universities in the U.S. too published in predatory journals.