IGI Global’s Practice and Principles
Facts vs. Fiction
How Predatory Claims and Libel Attacks Threaten the Academic Careers of More Than 100,000 International Scholars

Just like many other publishers, IGI Global has recently been dealing with unprovoked attacks by anonymous individuals (oftentimes bloggers and online trolls) who are making false claims and accusations about our publishing practice and ethical stance. Sadly, this is primarily because they are severely misinformed and and/or are acting to suit their own personal agendas above principled behavior. In the process, they are working to discredit their peers’ efforts, negatively impacting the lives and academic careers of more than 100,000 scholars who have published with IGI Global and offered their scholarly services as reviewers and editors on a voluntary basis to help advance the body of scientific literature through their quality vetted research.

Throughout the last three decades, we have seen many different opinion-based lists, blogs, and even editorial pieces developed by individuals who seek to label publishing houses and their publications as predatory, vanity, vampire, and rogue. In all instances, the credibility of these works must be questioned, as all are based on individual opinion without the backing of scientifically generated data or studies. Historically, we have remained silent in addressing these false claims and have relied on our integrity as an honorable publisher serving the academic community with quality publications published through the utilization of rigorous peer review, and top-notch customer service. Unfortunately, we must now address these false claims and refute these predatory statements on behalf of our 100,000 authors and editors to ensure that the research and reputation of our collaborators are protected. We consider this action as our moral responsibility and will no longer stay silent toward these types of unprofessional and unprovoked behaviors.

Here we strive to set the record straight and present the facts by addressing each claim in order to allow the academic community the opportunity to formulate their own conclusions.
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Review IGI Global’s Response to Capricious Claims Made Against our Publishing House:
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Nick Newcomer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for IGI Global’s Late Removal from Webinar as a “Rogue Publisher”
Nick Newcomer, IGI Global’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, was removed from a recent Research Information Webinar due to false accusations against IGI Global. He was only notified of his abrupt removal the morning of the webinar. This exclusion came as an affront following multiple weeks of diligent work and preparation. It is unfortunate that Mr. Newcomer was removed from the panel due to IGI Global’s strong and statistically backed stance on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and ethical publishing. Due to this removal, our voices were silenced, leaving us unable to share valuable facts and insight on the importance of DEI within the academic publishing community…
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Historically the Concept of Diversity in Academia Leads to Malicious Mislabeling: A Critical Analysis on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Publishing Industry
For so many years, diversity, equity, and inclusion has not been prioritized within the academic community or by many major publishing houses, and there are still millions of academicians and researchers fighting an uphill battle for equality, representation, and recognition. This includes the creation of a euro-centric standard of publishing that has mislabeled independent publishers (including IGI Global) as “rogue”, “vanity”, and “write-only,” mandates for researchers on publishing standards, and limiting the criteria of content acquisitions…
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A John Benjamins Publishing Company Editorial Falsely Labels IGI Global as a “Predatory Publisher” in Editors’ Effort to Discredit a Competing Journal
On April 12, 2021, an editorial piece written by Profs. Franz Pöchhacker and Minhua Liu was published by John Benjamins Publishing Company in the journal, International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting (Interpreting). This piece discusses predatory publishing and uses an example of how a plagiarized paper was published through IGI Global, claiming that actions involving the retraction of this paper were mishandled and disregarded...
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“Wikipedia: Vanity and Predatory Publishing” Essay References IGI Global
There is currently a “Wikipedia” page, Wikipedia: Vanity and predatory publishing that references IGI Global as a vanity publisher; however, this is not an actual Wikipedia page. It is an essay page on Wikipedia*, which means that it has not been thoroughly vetted by the community and contains opinion-based material...
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A Springer Article Falsely Labels IGI Global as a "Rogue Publisher"
In October of 2016, a heavily opinion-based open access article was published in the Springer journal Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, which discusses predatory publishing and lists IGI Global under the section heading “Rogue book publishers," claiming that IGI Global produces books for profit and disregards whether the research progresses scientific findings. The basis for this claim came from the content of two blog posts...
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A New Fake Version of Beall’s List Presented at Beallslist.net
The blogger who has hijacked Mr. Beall’s original list and reposted it under the new domain has decided to remain anonymous and claims to be a “postdoctoral researcher in one of the European universities”(Anonymous, n.d.). Unlike Mr. Jeffrey Beall, this person has provided no credible credentials or contact information to support their expertise in the area of predatory or vanity publishing. Instead this person states the following...
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