Medical journals suffer from fake news as well

This column is based on the premise that the content of journals is worth talking about.

But, unfortunately, we’re not only in an era of fake news, but also of fake journals.

The huge growth in online open access publishing has created a business opportunity for scammers and charlatans in medical publishing.

It works like this: an unscrupulous  publisher sets up a website that has the appearance of a reputable journal and invites researchers to submit their work for publication — for a fee, of course.