For more information about predatory publishers and open access journals, contact Nadine (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see the library's in-depth Avoiding Predatory Journal Publications guide.
Predatory Publishing is a thriving black market economy of publishing scams that exploit the academic need to publish or perish. They are designed to look like genuine scholarly publishers but unlike them offer little reward for their "services." Predatory publishers share common characteristics:
Why Should I Care?
Publishing your research in predatory journals can negatively impact your research brand and hurt your promotion and tenure process:
Watch Think.Check.Submit, the two-minute video below with a simple checklist you can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher:
The best way to avoid predatory publishers is to evaluate any publisher you're considering. Ask yourself questions like: