Language quality in Predatory and Non-Predatory Journal articles

Published: 21-08-2019| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/hhvhn7t8wn.1
Eucharia Obiekezie


The study compared the spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)errors in 30 predatory and 30 nonpredatory journal English and literature-related articles. We used updates of Beall's list of predatory journals to select predatory journals published in 2018. Journals that were considered nonpredatory were open access journals published by institutions, learned organizations,indexed in DOAJ, Scopus, and /or web of science. The first 1000 words in each selected journal were checked for SPaG errors. The data were tabulated. Research questions were answered using simple percentages and charts. The analysis showed that predatory journal articles presented more SPaG errors than nonpredatory journal articles. The most prevalent errors were grammar errors in both types of articles.