Clinical Governance Preserving sanctity of world science and health literature - Health Resource International West Africa (HRI)

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Monday, 5 June 2017

Clinical Governance Preserving sanctity of world science and health literature




Dear All,
Readers will recall that last year the predatory ( fake) journals list was withdrawn by its owner, Beal. Below we are glad to share courtesy of HIFA a new predatory journals list to help researchers, authors, publishers, scholars, institutions, govts and private sector know which journals are genuine. Sadly it is paywalled :

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‘’[hifa] Predatory journals (5) New paywalled blacklist of journals

PREDATORY JOURNALS
"Cabell's International is forming a paywalled blacklist of journals. Cabell's list will be drawn from all journals, not just open access journals. Their criteria will be provided at some point in the future (below, plagiarized articles is a criterion, suggesting that journals that don't screen for plagiarized articles will be at risk of getting listed). However, journals will have to contact Cabell's to find out whether they are listed. From Nature:
"Cabell uses some 65 criteria - which will be reviewed quarterly - to check whether a journal should be on its blacklist, adding points for each suspect finding. Examples include fake editors, plagiarized articles and unclear peer-review policies, says Berryman, although she declined to provide all criteria, saying that the firm would present them later in the year.  A team of four employees checks for evidence that journals meet the criteria by searching online or contacting authors and journals for verification.
"It's pretty much as scientific as we can get at this point," she says.
"Some of the publishers and journals listed by Beall aren't on Cabell's list," says Berryman. And Cabell's has added new journals, including some that aren't open access. The firm declined to provide details of the differences between its list and Beall's, but says that it will clearly state all the reasons that a journal is on its list. Berryman hopes that will limit libel suits. Publishers or journals will be able to contact Cabell's to find out whether they are indexed, and will have the opportunity to appeal their status once a year."
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COMMENT (Neil PW)
We look forward to learning more about this. However, there is a fundamental flaw in seeking to blacklist journals rather than accrediting them (whitelists such as DOAJ) and providing guidance (eg Think, Check, Submit). Also, restricting access to those who can afford to pay will inevitably limit its value to health research, especially in LMICs.  by Best wishes, Neil (HIFA).’’
Joseph Ana.

Africa Center for Clin Gov Research & Patient Safety
@ HRI West Africa Group - HRI WA
Consultants in Clinical Governance Implementation
Publisher: Health and Medical Journals 
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Cross River State, Nigeria
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