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Predatory Publishers : A Guide

Learn how to evaluate the quality of journal publishers

Some Things to Consider: Honesty, Transparency, and Ethical Business

  • Where is the Journal indexed? MEDLINE, Web of Science, etc
  • Have your or any of your peers heard of this Journal?
  • Are the names of the editors recognizable or known in their field?
  • Does the Journal's physical address actually exists?
  • How professional is the Journal website?
  • Does it have a Journal Impact Factor from a reputable source?
  • Does the Journal URL reflects the name of the Journal?
  • Can you find and access other articles from the Journal - are they well-written?
  • Does the Country of publication matches the contact us location?
  • Are the Institutional affiliations of editors actually existent?
  • Is the contact email address professional and Journal-affiliated
  • Are the article publication fees reasonable (i.e., too low or too high)?
  • Do you only learn about fees after your paper has been accepted?
  • Is rapid publication promised?
  • Is the topic of the publication incredibly broad?
  • Do they email you frequently? 
  • Does the publisher belong to a well-recognized industry initiative such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)? 
  • Does the ISSN Match the Journal name? ISSN Portal: https://portal.issn.org/a

Checklists

Criteria for determining predatory OA publishers

Infograph of predatory publishers

Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access Publishers (Infographics from the University of West Indies)

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