Answered By: Vika Zafrin
Last Updated: May 12, 2015     Views: 2

Predatory open access journals charge authors large publication fees, but do not provide the value added services we normally associate with journals (such as intellectually solid peer review, editing, and/or production values). Since we work in reputation-based fields, such journals and their publishers quickly gain reputations as entities to avoid. Spotting them can be challenging, but here are some things to ask yourself if you are considering publishing with a journal:


• Are they a known entity in your field?
• What else have they published? How is the quality, in your judgment?
• Do you know anyone associated with their editorial board, that you can check in with?
• Do you know anyone who has published with them?
• Are they listed as a predatory publisher here or predatory journal here?

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