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The Predatory Industry
Predatory publishing and journals can be defined as imposter open access journals that exploit the author pays open access model for their own profit.
You may also hear the term predatory conferences which refers to conferences which do not provide editorial control over the presentations and advertising of the conference may include claims of involvement of people who are not involved.
- No actual peer review
- Use of spam email to solicit manuscripts
- Promise fast (TOO fast) peer review
- Fake credentials (association memberships, fake impact factors, fake or undisclosed locations, fake editorial board)
Checking for Authenticity
Do you or your colleagues, professors, or instructors know the journal?
- Have you read any articles in the journal before?
- Is it easy to discover the latest papers in the journal?
Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
- Is the publisher name clearly displayed on the journal website?
- Can you contact the publisher by telephone, email, and mail?
Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
Is the journal indexed in databases that you use?
- Use the database Ulrichsweb to see where the journal is indexed.
Is it clear what fees will be charged if any?
- Does the journal website explain what these fees are for and when they will be charged?
Do the editorial board members mention the journal on their own websites?
Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
- If the journal is open access, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)?
- Is the publisher a member of a trade association?
Think. Check. Submit
Helps researchers identify trusted journals for their research.
Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications.
Identifying Predatory or Pseudo-Journals
Aims to provide guidance to help editors, researchers, funders, academic institutions and other stakeholders distinguish predatory journals from legitimate journals.
Emails from Predatory Journals
You may receive an email at some point from a journal telling you they will publish your research for a “small” fee. Be careful! Many of these emails are not legitimate and are fake journals that will publish anything for free. People have paid these fake journals and have been unable to retract or publish their article in real journals later due to copyright.