Nigeria is among the first three countries worldwide to get low-quality research published in ‘predatory’ journals, a research has revealed.
A 12-month investigation by a team of researchers led by Dr. David Moher from Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ontario, Canada, found that Nigeria contributed five percent of the scientific studies in bogus publications behind India (27 percent), the US (15 percent).
Iran and Japan, which contributed four percent each, were pegged at fourth and fifth respectively.
The investigation, published in the journal Nature, also showed that majority of papers in suspected biomedical predatory journals (57 per cent) are from high or upper middle-income countries, with many coming from prestigious institutions including the Harvard University in the US.
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Largely unknown a decade ago, there are now an estimated 8,000 predatory journals collectively publishing more than 400,000 research studies each year.
These journals offer to quickly publish research findings, typically at a lower cost than legitimate journals but do not provide quality controls such as peer-review.
Predatory journals are also difficult to search, meaning that health-care providers and researchers can rarely learn from the data in these journals.
The journals were randomly selected from well-known but controversial lists compiled by University of Colorado librarian Jeffrey Beall.
The US National Institutes of Health was the most frequent funder mentioned among the very few articles that credited one.
“Our research debunks the common belief that predatory journals are only a problem in low-income countries,” said David Moher, a senior scientist at The Ottawa Hospital and associate professor at the University of Ottawa.
“Predatory journals publish research from scientists around the world, including those based at prestigious high-income institutions.”