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Help to choose good bioethics journals

2016-04-19

There are allegedly over 8.000 predatory journals out there that serve their own economic interests instead of supporting readers and science. To help bioethicists choose where to publish, Stefan Eriksson and Gert Helgesson publish two lists on the Ethics Blog: ‘Where to publish’, and ‘Where not to publish’.

Stefan Eriksson, Associate Professor of Research Ethics

Stefan Eriksson, Associate Professor of Research Ethics at Uppsala University and Gert Helgesson, Professor of Medical Ethics at Karolinska Institutet, have worked on publication ethics for several years. According to them, despite having the best of intent, researchers who publish in predatory journals risk subjecting themselves to criticism. They also believe that researchers have a responsibility to warn younger and less experienced colleagues of journals where a publication or taking on editorships could have a negative impact on their career.

Gert Helgesson, Professor of Medical Ethics, Karolinska Institutet

The lists they have published on the blog are not intended as check-lists. They are meant as starting points and help for bioethicists who are thinking about where to publish. Stefan Eriksson and Gert Helgesson are interested in hearing your views on these lists. They are also grateful for pointers to journals engaging in sloppy or bad publishing practices.

The lists will be updated, so please check back for the latest version. The post also offers some links and tips on how to identify a questionable open access journal and how to avoid predatory journals.  

Read blog post: Where to publish and not to publish in bioethics

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