Predatory Publishing

While questions of rigour in select academic peer-review processes have always existed, the rise of open access publishing has brought with it a surge in predatory publishing practices. Predatory publishers exploit the open access author-pays (APC) business model, without providing the peer review or editing services that typically accompany it.

With their main focus on profit, predatory publishers lure authors into paying to have their work published by posing as reputable, quality publications. Yet, these publishers fail to meet academic standards, meaning that publishing your work with a predatory publisher may be harmful to your reputation as an academic.

But fear not! A number of characteristics signal the reputation and quality of a publication, and can help you decide where to publish so that you and work your get the credit you deserve.

More Tools and Resources for Assessing Publisher and Journal Quality
 
Cabell's Journal Blacklist provides information about potentially deceptive journals including indicators used in the assessment. This resource is one of a variety of tools researchers can access when evaluating the quality of publishers and publications.
 
The Journal Evaluation Tool by Shipla Rele, Marie Kennedy, and Nataly Blas is a rubric with which to score the quality of scholarly journals based on a set of criteria. 
 
The Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing a list of key information that all journals should publicly provide to their authors and readers. 
 
Think.Check.Submit is an assessment tool with a checklist of characteristics to look for when assessing a journal's reliability.