As a researcher, of course you want to share the results of your work with a broad audience. And publishing in an open access journal can be a great way to to increase the citation advantage of your research: http://sparceurope.org/oaca/ But how do you know which journals to trust? There is a growing list of predatory journals that exist only to collect fees from authors.
Predatory journals exploit the Open Access publishing business model whereby authors pay a fee to make their work freely available to the public. These predatory journals pose as high-quality Open Access journals but fail to deliver meaningful editorial and peer review. These pseudo-academic journals aren’t just low quality, they actively intend to deceive others about the quality of the journal as they indiscriminately publish articles and collect fees from authors.
Predatory journals can be difficult to identify, so here is a list of ways to recognize them:
- Unless you are familiar with the journal as being a well-established journal, if a journal is directly soliciting you for a submission … it’s probably a predatory journal.
- Promises of quick turn-around times for review and publication is often a tactic used by predatory publishers.
- Scrutinize editorial boards. Look for no academic affiliation or fake affiliations.
- Be wary of lack of clarity around Author Processing Charges (APCs).
- Ensure that you can easily identify and contact the publisher.
- Look for false claims about where the journal is indexed (check these indexes, if possible to verify these claims.
- Look for publisher names and journal titles with geographic references that have no connection to the scope of the publisher or the journal.
Think, Check, Submit, provides a simple assessment framework to help scholars identify trustworthy journals. It is a cross-industry initiative led by representatives from ALPSP, DOAJ, INASP, ISSN, LIBER, OASPA, STM, UKSG, and individual publishers.