Taking a stand against predatory publishers
That may have been appropriate for some, or sad and harmless for others but there is nothing either appropriate or harmless about today's predatory publishers. Latest estimates show that there are over 10,000 predatory journals churning out over 400,000 articles per year and netting the predators over US$74 million (Shen & Björk 2015). Finances aside, the potential effect on scholarship and on the trustworthiness of what we consult and respect as ‘the literature’ or ‘evidence’ could be catastrophic. We risk the pollution, debasement and devaluing of what should be a credible, reliable and valuable repository of the best of nursing and midwifery research and scholarship. We also risk the very notion of academic standards and scholarly quality as these relate to the dissemination and sharing of our research and thinking.