A consensus definition of predatory journals (4)

12 January, 2020

Dear Margaret,

I remember you very well, and admire your commitment to high quality publishing particularly in the medical sciences. You see, I live and work in Africa where I also conduct my access to knowledge research. Taking Africa along in these so called best practices will require more merely making a policy, or gathering a few people that include some African scholars. Adopting these best practices requires a level of open access education, strong professional association that are committed to open access, among others. How many journals or their editors, as the case may be, in Africa belong to Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, COPE and the World Association of Medical Editors? I commend the great efforts of WAME to strengthen publishing practices globally, though. But my observation while leading access to knowledge in Africa issues 2015-2019 is that many journal editors prefer home grown policies. Compliance to policies made abroad appear to be so low, and classing journals and their editors in Africa based on these policies will isolate African journals and knowledge the more. Notwithstanding, I admire and commend OASPA, COPE and other organisations working on these issues.

HIFA profile: Williams Nwagwu teaches Informetrics and other quantitative applications in Information Science at the Africa Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS), University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr Nwagwu is on the editorial board, as well as the being the Editor (ICT, Africa) of the World Review of Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (WRSTSD, http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalCODE=wrstsd), a journal of the World Association for Sustainable Development located in University of Sussex in England. willieezi AT yahoo.com