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.