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Firm action needed on predatory journals

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 17 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h210

Re: Firm action needed on predatory journals

Thank you so much to the editors for this recent editorial on predatory publishing practices. As you noted, this is a huge problem and getting worse by the minute.

I fully agree with your recommendation that journals and journal editors have a responsibility to raise awareness among their authors, readers, reviewers, and publishers and "should publish something." To this end, the International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) has established an initiative on Open Access, Editorial Standards and Predatory Publishing. This came about after our annual meeting last summer, at which Jeffrey Beall was one of the keynote speakers.

Our first step was to create a collaborative document, "Predatory Publishers: What Editors Need to Know." This was published in September in Nurse Author & Editor and can be found here:

We made this document available to any nursing editor who wanted to use it as a basis for an editorial in his or her journal. So far 7 editorials have been published, as well as a reprint of the paper, and a blog post. More editorials are in the pipeline. We are keeping track of these publications at the INANE website:

As INANE leaders, we are proud of our efforts in this regard. We are glad that you concur that our approach is appropriate and important in addressing this increasingly problematic issue.

Thank you.

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 January 2015
Leslie H. Nicoll
CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing
Editorial Office, CIN, 10A Beach Street, Suite 2, Portland, ME 04101 US