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Vol. 21 - Num. 81

Special Articles

The predatory journals epidemy

María García-Puentea

aBibliotecaria. Alter Biblio. Fundación Jiménez Díaz. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: M García-Puente. E-mail:

Reference of this article: García-Puente M. The predatory journals epidemy. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2019;21:81-5.

Published in Internet: 13-03-2019 - Visits: 13862


The proliferation of so-called predatory journals and their ignorance by researchers are a danger to scientific integrity. Authors need and must know them and therefore know how to detect these types of journals so as not to publish in them, but also so as not to base their research on the work they publish, which has not undergone a critical quality process supported by peer review. This text introduces the concept of a predatory journal, some of its differentiating elements and the dangers they entail for science in general and the researcher in particular.


Open access Predatory journals Scientific integrity Scientific publication



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