The most harmful effect of predatory publishing is that work is accepted for publication that would otherwise not meet the standards required for scholarly publications. There are other contributing factors and problems, however. For the author, some important considerations include:
- Insufficient Editing and Peer Review: Predatory publishers often claim to have a swift, comprehensive peer-review process as a part of their editorial criteria. Really this is a myth because peer reviewing is a rigorous and frequently time-consuming effort.
- Obscure exposure & Limited Preservation: Most legitimate publishers are invested in the proper publicity and exposure of an author's work. In agreeing to publish an article or study by a researcher they follow through on the agreement to distribute the work into the scholarly commons where other researchers can easily access it. While claiming that their published items can be accessed through major databases like PubMed or Scopus, predatory publishers tend to ignore or limit the exposure of a published work and often do not properly archive it for long-term use.
- Professionally Damaging: A good CV will naturally highlight the published works of an author. But if one or more of the published works is by a predatory publisher, this can do damage to both the author and the institution. Viewed as disreputable by the academic community, authors and institutions who have published through predatory journals may be disqualified from career advancement.