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Scholarly Communication & Publishing: Predatory Publishers
Information concerning Open Access, copyright, predatory publishers, impact factors, altmetrics, author rights, public access policy and data management plans.
The ever increasing amount and availability of Open Access journals along with other changes in publishing have led to an increase in publishers who may not have the author's best interest or maintaining a high quality collection as priorities.
To avoid these publishers, many of the same rules for measuring a journal's scholarly worth still apply. Consider the following:
Peer Review (How is the peer review process handled? This should be in writing.)
Editorial Board (Who are they?)
Reputation (Do you know anyone who has published in this journal?)
It is now more important than ever to understand how to measure journal quality and warning signs of predatory publishers.
A journal may be predatory if:
You or your colleagues have never heard of the journal before
You can not easily identity or contact the publisher
The peer review process is not clear
You cannot identify the editorial board Hint: cross check the editors' names with their official bios on their institutions' web pages
You were invited to publish in the journal via email and the sender is not known to you, or the email address is not easily determined (See "Common Features in Solicitation Emails from Predatory Publishers") -- in the right hand column of this page.