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Applied Medical Research ISSN: 2149-2018
Applied Medical Research. 2021; 8(1):(111-120)

Saudi Medical Research Articles Published in Pseudo Journals: An Urgent Call for Action

Dalia Abdulrahman Alansari1, Sarah Saleh Aljdani2, Maha Saleh AlJdani3, Maha Hashem Awlia4 and Sameer Yousef Rizg5

Research is needed if we want to carry out the demands of a rapidly changing world. In fact, research and education are closely linked to deliver the functions of a university. In recent decades, almost all universities expect their faculty members to maintain scholarly activities, including conducting research and publishing scholarly works. This pressure continues today with a paradigm shift among institutions from their previous emphasis on effective faculty contact with students as a criterion for success, to developing cultures of research and increase faculty research production. the researchers deemed it necessary to determine the frequency of medical research articles in Saudi Arabia published in pseudo journals. Likewise, researchers must be knowledgeable enough to discriminate between legitimate and predatory open access journal. It is in this context that this study is being undertaken. Results: The report focuses on the total number of Saudi medical research articles published in pseudo journals from January to December 2018. Of the 3206 total articles identified and analized, 1531 (47.45%) articles were published in legitimate journals. However, 1675 (52.25%) research articles were published in 85 considered possible/probable pseudo journals. Majority of the identified authors were students (353), followed by medical residents (201), then interns (102) and physicians (42). The 604 were not clearly identified due to lack of authors’ information. Conclusion: The real existence and scope of predatory publishing must be discussed, debated and made known to the young researchers and should be encouraged to publish in peer-reviewed journals that follow the ethically accepted rules.