Being a deliberate prey of a predator: Researchers’ thoughts after having published in predatory journal


  • Najmeh Shaghaei University of Southern Denmark
  • Charlotte Wien University of Southern Denmark
  • Jakob Pavl Holck University of Southern Denmark
  • Anita L. Thiesen University of Southern Denmark
  • Ole Ellegaard University of Southern Denmark
  • Evgenios Vlachos University of Southern Denmark
  • Thea Marie Drachen University of Southern Denmark



Predatory journals, academic libraries, scholarly publishing, open access journals, researcher


A central question concerning scientific publishing is how researchers select journals to which they submit their work, since the choice of publication channel can make or break researchers. The gold-digger mentality developed by some publishers created the so-called predatory journals that accept manuscripts for a fee with little peer review. The literature claims that mainly researchers from low-ranked universities in developing countries publish in predatory journals. We decided to challenge this claim using the University of Southern Denmark as a case. We ran the Beall’s List against our research registration database and identified 31 possibly predatory publications from a set of 6,851 publications within 2015-2016. A qualitative research interview revealed that experienced researchers from the developed world publish in predatory journals mainly for the same reasons as do researchers from developing countries: lack of awareness, speed and ease of the publication process, and a chance to get elsewhere rejected work published. However, our findings indicate that the Open Access potential and a larger readership outreach were also motives for publishing in open access journals with quick acceptance rates. 


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Shaghaei, N., Wien, C., Holck, J. P., Thiesen, A. L., Ellegaard, O., Vlachos, E., & Drachen, T. M. (2018). Being a deliberate prey of a predator: Researchers’ thoughts after having published in predatory journal. LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 28(1), 1–17.



Received 2018-10-01
Published 2018-12-10