IAP published a new report on "Combatting predatory academic journals and conferences"

IAP published a new report on "Combatting predatory academic journals and conferences"

22 March, 2022

Our colleagues at the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) have published a new report on "Combatting predatory academic journals and conferences"

This report can be a useful resource for researchers, academies, universities, publishers, and research funders.

The full report can be found here along with the summary report (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish).

Project Background

Predatory journals, publishers and conferences are on the rise and becoming increasingly sophisticated. These practices prey on the pressure researchers feel to publish and present their work, and include pay-to-publish/present models without peer review, fake editorial boards listing respected scientists, fraudulent impact factors, journal and conference names deceptively similar to those of legitimate ones, and spam invitations to sham conferences with high registration fees.


The project were led by an independent working group of international experts nominated by academies around the world, this IAP study set out to improve the understanding of what constitutes predatory practices, gauge their prevalence and impact, identify their root causes, and review efforts to address them. A key part of the study has been a voluntary survey of the global research community to gauge the awareness, extent and impact of predatory journals and conferences across different geographies, disciplines and career stages. Additionally, the study has hosted a series of stakeholder consultations by sector, and a programme of regional webinars partnership with the IAP Regional Networks (AASSA, EASAC, IANAS and NASAC), the Global Young Academy (GYA), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

An official launch event (an online webinar) was took place on Wednesday, March 16, You can watch the recording of the launch event webinar as listed below

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