Predatory Journals: A Threat to Scholarly Publishing


  • Jiban Shrestha Kathmandu University School of Education
  • Subash Subedi
  • Behzad Shokati Kathmandu University School of Education
  • Amit Chaudhary Kathmandu University School of Education


Predatory publishing, citation, threat of publication


Nowadays the world of scholarly publishing is in serious trouble because of the
increasing number of predatory publishing. Besides, citation of articles from
predatory journals is also unethical that undermines the quality of research papers.
Because of ignorance of predatory publishing and/or compulsion of getting published
in a limited time, scholars from Universities and young researchers become victim to
predatory or hijacked journals. The purpose of this paper is to create awareness
among authors, especially novice ones, about predatory publication. Research
institutions should encourage their researchers to publish their articles in valuable
journals indexed in Web of Science's Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Clarivate
Analytics, formerly part of Thomson-Reuters) or other famous scientific databases
such as Scopus, PubMed and MEDLINE. In this way, attention to the Thomson
Reuters’ Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and Journal Ranking (JRK) and Scopus grade
(Q1, Q2 and Q3) may be useful and necessary.




How to Cite

Shrestha, J., Subedi, S., Shokati, B., & Chaudhary, A. (2018). Predatory Journals: A Threat to Scholarly Publishing. Journal of Education and Research, 8(1), 89-101. Retrieved from