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Farce of Paid Publications

The importance of creating a portfolio of publishable academic writing as the foundation of a career in legal academia, cannot be undermined.  A good research paper published in a reputed journal not only displays possession of refined research skills but also the ability of nuanced writing. It offers instant credibility to prospective recruiters, scholarship committees, clerkship positions and sets you a notch higher to being a ‘desired candidate’.

It is in this attempt to increase one’s credibility that a student often opts for a paid publication. A paid publication is the publication of a research paper funded by the author. Now, while some paid publications are genuine and charge a legitimate processing fee, most of them are in essence ‘predatory journals’.

Predatory journals are journals which flout editorial and publishing policies laid down by the UGC and publish articles on payment, with little or no peer review. While predatory publishers may argue that the fee charged is mostly post the selection of a paper, the credibility of the publication is compromised, as the yardsticks of adjudging the quality of a submission are automatically reduced, being tied to monetary gains.

To corroborate, an independent investigation carried out by the Indian Express, revealed that the UGC as on May 2nd, 2018 removed 4,305 journals from the list, saying they were of “questionable” nature or lacked mandatory information on their websites.

Flexible submission guidelines coupled with the implied assurance of a successful publication often lure learners to opt for them. Rather, as per this article, India tops submission in predatory journals.

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