Brief Communication • BrÈves| Volume 43, ISSUE 12, P1434-1437.e1, December 2021

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Evaluation of Open-Access Journals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology


      A retrospective observational study was conducted to evaluate open-access journals in obstetrics and gynaecology, published between 2011 and 2019. Journals were classified based on their registration in open-access journal directories. Of 176 journals, 47 were not registered. Journals registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) demonstrated good overall quality, and their journal metrics were significantly higher than those of non-registered journals or journals registered in other directories. The lack of editor names and indexing information on a journal's website are the most distinctive features of non-registered journals. Non-registration in an open-access journal directory indicates a lack of transparency and may ultimately indicate that a journal is predatory.


      Une étude observationnelle rétrospective a été menée pour évaluer les revues en libre accès en obstétrique et gynécologie publiées entre 2011 et 2019. Les revues ont été classées en fonction de leur inscription dans les répertoires de revues en libre accès. Sur 176 revues, 47 n’étaient pas inscrites. Les revues inscrites dans le répertoire des revues en libre accès (Directory of Open Access Journals, ou DOAJ) se sont révélées avoir une bonne qualité globale et leurs résultats, selon les critères d’évaluation, étaient significativement plus élevés que ceux des revues non inscrites ou inscrites dans d'autres répertoires. L'absence de nom de rédacteur en chef et l'omission de l'information d'indexation sur le site Web d'une revue sont les caractéristiques les plus distinctives des revues non inscrites. La non-inscription dans un répertoire de revues en libre accès indique un manque de transparence et peut finalement indiquer qu'il s'agit d'une revue prédatrice.


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