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Nutrition 499 (Kim): Open Access and Predatory Journals

This research guide will point you toward print/online research resources and strategies available to you for your Research Paper Assignment in Nutrition 499. Use this guide throughout the research process to help you have the best support for your thesi

Open Access Journals

Examples of Predatory Nutrition Journal articles found in Google Scholar

Articles from potentially predatory nutrition journal found in Google Scholar


Pareek, P., & Choudhry, M. (2013). Management of type 2 Diabetics by Indian Gum Arabic (Acacia nilotica) Pods PowderInternational Journal of Food and Nutritional Sciences2(2), 77-83. (link to journal website)


Kumar, K., & Kumar, S. (2015). Role of nutraceuticals in health and disease prevention: a review. South Asian J Food Technol Environ, 1, 116-121. (link to journal website)

Predatory Journals

Open access is an important step forward in the evolution of scholarly scientific communication.

As with most things, a number of people are using this positive development for their own self-interested purposes.  In the realm of open access journals, this comes in the form of "predatory" publishers of open access journals.  

Explore some of the more egregious examples of articles published in predatory journals:

A Scholarly Sting Operation Shines a Light on ‘Predatory’ Journals   |  Predatory Journals Recruit Fake Editor

Predatory Journals Hit by "Star Wars" Sting

Opinion: Why I published in a Predatory Journal


Think Check Submit Checklist

Beall's List (archived)

Directory of Open Access Journals

Thirteen Ways to Spot a Predatory Journal

Infographic (below)

Phony v Legit