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Publishing in academia is an important aspect of those that are identified with it. Besides teaching and researching, scholars are required to communicate their research through publishing. Consequently, academic publishing has led to the exploitation of the open access publishing model, which in turn has resulted in the influx of predatory publishing. Using a literature review methodology, this article examines Open Access predatory publishing and its impact on scholarly communication. Findings show that predatory publishing is posing an increasing threat to academic credibility and to individual academic reputation. The review further highlights that predatory publishing is not limited to early-career researchers only, but to all authors who are unfamiliar with practices in pseudo journals. By sensitising scholars about the nature of predatory publishing, librarians can support researchers to practice safe publishing.
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