Beware of Predatory Journals

A Caution From Editors of Three Family Medicine Journals

Marjorie A. Bowman, MD, MPA; John W. Saultz, MD; William R. Phillips, MD, MPH


J Am Board Fam Med. 2018;31(5):671-676. 

In This Article

Two Case Reports

Case Report 1: A research article was submitted and later withdrawn, even though it was proceeding nicely through the review process at the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). On further investigation, the author reported they had originally submitted the manuscript to a predatory journal, but within 48 hours recognized their error and requested withdrawal of the article. The predatory journal published the article anyway, without permission, a fact discovered only during the review process at JABFM.

Case Report 2: A reviewer of a manuscript submitted to Family Medicine (FM) discovered a possible duplicate in an online journal, which led to an allegation of academic misconduct for submitting a previously published article. The author had paid a fee when submitting the manuscript to a predatory journal but later asked that the article be withdrawn after it became apparent that the journal conducted no formal peer review. The predatory journal published the article anyway, without the author's permission. The author learned the article had been published only when questioned about possible academic misconduct.