The emergence of “predatory journals” has clouded the available health information needed for sound, evidence-based advice to support decision-making for patients and the public.
Health research has led to improved therapies, new medicines, new surgeries and improved patient safety. According to Statistics Canada, average life expectancy in Canada is now 82 years and much of this improvement can be attributed to advances in public health and biomedical research.
Many of these advances have come about through the accumulation and sharing of knowledge between researchers. The process of scientific communication occurs primarily through the publication of research findings in medical journals. This process, however, is being disrupted by a new phenomenon: predatory journals.
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