Sometimes someone will create a counterfeit website that pretends to be the website of a legitimate scholarly journal. The website creators then solicit manuscript submissions for the hijacked version of the journal, pocketing the money. In some cases the legitimate versions of the journals are only published in print form and they may not have websites.
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