Predatory publishers use questionable tactics to profit from scholarly research. They exploit faculty and students by soliciting articles (often through spam emails) and requesting article processing charges. The following resources can help in identifying predatory journals. If your journal is not on the lists below, consult the criteria in the next tab or consult your library liaison.
Signs a journal or publisher might be "predatory" (From Tufts University)
Cabells Blacklist Violations
This policy establishes the criteria for identifying deceptive, fraudulent, and/or predatory journals for inclusion in Cabells Blacklist. Cabells Blacklist Review Board uses the following criteria to evaluate all journals suspected of deceptive, fraudulent, and/or predatory practices.
The following criteria are considered when evaluating a suspected journal:
There are many checklists available to assist with determining the legitimacy of a journal. Here is one from Think! Check! Submit!
Reference this list for your chosen journal to check if it is trusted.
Do you or your colleagues 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 post?
Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
Are articles indexed in services that you use?
Is it clear what fees will be charged?
– Does the journal site explain what these fees are for and when they will be charged?
Do you recognise the editorial board?
– Have you heard of the editorial board members?
– Do the editorial board mention the journal on their own websites?
Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
– Do they belong to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ?
– If the journal is open access, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) ?
– If the journal is open access, does the publisher belong to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA) ?
– Is the journal hosted on one of INASP’s Journals Online platforms (for journals published in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Central America and Mongolia) or on African Journals Online (AJOL, for African journals)?
– Is the publisher a member of another trade association?
Organizations have collaborated in an effort to identify principles of transparency and best practice to distinguish legitimate from non-legitimate journals and publishers:
3rd version (January 2018) Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing
These are just some of the many good Open Access Publishers