Promoting Research Literacy for Improved Patient Outcomes

Predatory Open-Access Publishing in Palliative and Supportive Care

Predatory publishing is commonly defined as an exploitative, fraudulent, open-access model that applies charges to authors without providing proper editorial services, characteristic of legitimate journals. This phenomenon is universally considered as one of the most serious threats to scientific community. To enhance awareness among scholars and clinicians, predatory publishing has been surveyed in several biomedical fields, such as neuroscience, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and anesthesiology. The aim of the present study is to describe the characteristics of predatory publishers and journals in the field of palliative and supportive care.