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Survey on Combatting Academic Predatory Journals and Conferences

For the global research community

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Predatory journals, publishers, and conferences are on the increase. These practices threaten to cause long-term damage to research and researchers. Although several studies suggest the problem is widespread and increasing, the true extent globally is unknown, which makes addressing these practices more difficult. You can help and, at the same time, better equip yourself to avoid them.

As part of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) study Combatting Academic Predatory Journals and Conferences, the purpose of this survey is to understand the extent and impact of predatory journals and conferences across geographic regions, disciplines and career stages as experienced by members of the global research community. In doing so, the study can recommend more effective ways to combat predatory practices and protect researchers at all stages of their career.  

We encourage you to complete the survey in your individual capacity, reflecting on your personal experience rather than on behalf of your institution(s). Please be assured that this initiative does not seek to expose or reprimand anyone but to understand the prevalence of predatory practices. There are no right or wrong answers.  The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete and you have the option to save and return to it later. Your responses will be completely anonymized and your participation is voluntary. 

Many thanks in advance.

Please direct any questions to the IAP Secretariat at

*Mandatory questions.  All others are optional.  

Section 1: Demographic information
4. Are you a member or alumnus of a national or international merit-based academy? *This question is required.
5. What discipline(s) do you broadly represent? Please select category(ies) that best represent your current work: *This question is required.