If there's a general sense that academic publication is about knowledge dissemination rather than meeting performance targets, academics and universities become less vulnerable to predatory journals.
Scientific truth is based on a body of research which has been tried and tested by many researchers over time. Peer review filters the good science from the bad.
A leading website that monitored predatory open access journals has closed. This will make it harder to keep tabs on this corrosive force within science.
There are many exciting new publishing opportunities opening up for academics who want to take their work beyond traditional spaces like journals.
African academics and universities have been caught in the predatory journal web. It's time for the continent's universities to start taking this threat to their integrity seriously.
To the mark the eighth annual Open Access Week, we asked our readers what they wanted to know about the initiative. Here are their questions with answers from our experts.