Presence of alleged predatory journals in bibliographic databases: Analysis of Beall’s list

Somoza-Fernández, Marta and Rodríguez-Gairín, Josep-Manuel and Urbano, Cristóbal Presence of alleged predatory journals in bibliographic databases: Analysis of Beall’s list. El profesional de la información, 2016, vol. 25, n. 5, pp. 730-737. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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English abstract

The presence of journals considered predatory are analyzed in different abstracting and indexing services and DOAJ to see if traditional bibliographic databases are accepting the inclusion of such publications. 944 journals from the list of possible or probable predatory open access academic journals produced by Jeffrey Beall are reviewed, crossing her ISSN with Information Matrix for the Analysis of Journals (MIAR) developed at the Universitat de Barcelona. It determines whether the journals appear in citation indexes of Web of Science, Scopus, multidisciplinary databases, specialized databases or DOAJ. The study concludes that there is no significant widespread presence of predatory journals in abstracting and indexing services, although databases such as Emerging Sources Citation Index, Veterinary Science Database or DOAJ show somewhat higher values that should be followed and revised in the future.

Spanish abstract

Se analiza la presencia de revistas consideradas predadoras en diferentes bases de datos de indización y resumen y en DOAJ para constatar si los sistemas tradicionales de bases de datos bibliográficas están aceptando la inclusión de este tipo de publicaciones. Se revisan 944 revistas de la lista de posibles o probables revistas académicas depredadoras de acceso abierto elaborada por Jeffrey Beall, cruzando sus ISSN con la Matriz de Información para el Análisis de Revistas (MIAR) elaborada en la Universitat de Barcelona. Se determina si las revistas aparecen en los índices de citas del Web of Science, en SCOPUS, en bases de datos multidisciplinares, en bases de datos especializadas o en DOAJ. El estudio concluye que no existe una presencia significativa generalizada de revistas depredadoras en las bases de datos de indización y resumen, aunque bases como Emerging Sources Citation Index, Veterinary Science Database o DOAJ muestran cifras algo más elevadas que deberán ser seguidas y revisadas en un futuro.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Predator journals; Beall’s list; MIAR; visibility; Open Access; bibliographic databases; revistas depredadoras; lista de Beall; MIAR; visibilidad; acceso abierto; bases de datos biblográficas.
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HL. Databases and database Networking.
I. Information treatment for information services
Depositing user: Josep Manuel Rodríguez i Gairín
Date deposited: 26 Oct 2016 12:30
Last modified: 27 Oct 2016 13:27


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