Early-career researchers beware! Minimise your risk of using predatory journals and conferences.
In March, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) launched their report on Combatting Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences. GYA alumnus Abdullah Shams Bin Tariq (Bangladesh, University of Rajshahi) acted as one of the co-chairs of the group of authors, and GYA member Victorien Dougnon (Benin, University of Abomey-Calavi) was also one of the authors.
Additionally, the young academies from all over the world had contributed to the survey on which the report’s findings are based.
The report calls for urgent global and systemic action, and recommendations are made to all key stakeholders, with a special focus on researchers to help them make better-informed choices on where they publish and present their work.
On the occasion of the launch of the report, Anindita Bhadra (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata), GYA Immediate Past Co-Chair, called on the GYA members and young academies the world over to spread the report’s findings widely in their networks and use it’s findings to raise awareness about predatory journals and conferences and inculcate best practices, especially among early-career researchers across the globe. She stressed the need for change from within the academic community and called upon learned organizations to defer from using metrics as shortcuts for research assessment and evaluation, and mentioned that the GYA already abstained from using metrics.
The report is available in both full and summary report format (the latter in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese).