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Predatory Publishing

What is a Predatory Publisher?

A predatory publisher is an exploitative publishing company that exploits the need to publish but offers little in return for using their services.

The academic need to publish combined with the growth of Open Access journals has created an environment that is ripe for exploitation of authors. Some publishers are intentionally predatory, while others make mistakes for a variety of reasons, such as inexperience or mismanagement. While experiences with predatory publishers can differ, the goals of these groups are often the same: to make money from authors without adhering to established standards and best practices.

Think. Check. Submit. is an organization that helps researchers identify trusted journals for their research. The video above takes you through their process.

Tips for Avoiding Dubious Journals and Conferences

  • Only attend well-established conferences that are connected with a reputable university or known association
  • Solicit feedback from peers
  • Take an in-depth look at the website of the journal/conference in question
  • Critically examine some of the publisher's articles
  • Check if the journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Check if the journal is listed in the Serials Directory
  • Check if the publisher is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  • Contact a librarian if you need assistance evaluating a journal or conference.

For more indicators of quality in journals or conferences, visit the Identifying Predatory Journals and Identifying Predatory Conferences pages.