Predatory journal

An alleged academic publication, where publishers actively solicit manuscripts and charge publications fees without providing robust peer review and editorial services. Non-existent peer review, misleading journal names (often similar to legitimate journals), and false information about editors and journal impact factors are among the strategies deployed by these publishers. [Adapted from Shamseer L et al. (2017). Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison. BMC Medicine, 15(28).]