Quality of articles published in predatory nursing journals.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Predatory journals exist in nursing and lack the safeguards of traditional publishing practices. PURPOSE: To examine the quality of articles published in predatory nursing journals. METHOD: Randomly selected articles (n = 358) were reviewed for structural content and eight quality indicators. FINDINGS: Two-thirds (67.4%) of the articles were published between 2014 and 2016, demonstrating the acceleration of publications in predatory nursing journals. The majority (75.9%) of the articles were research reports. Most followed the IMRAD presentation of a research report but contained errors, or the study was not pertinent to the nursing discipline. CONCLUSIONS: Nursing research published in predatory journals may appear legitimate by conforming to an expected structure. However, a lack of quality is apparent, representing inadequate peer review and editorial processes. Poor quality research erodes the scholarly nursing literature.

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Cited Authors

  • Oermann, MH; Nicoll, LH; Chinn, PL; Ashton, KS; Conklin, JL; Edie, AH; Amarasekara, S; Williams, BL

Published Date

  • January 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 4 - 10

PubMed ID

  • 28641868

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28641868

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1528-3968

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.05.005


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States