Predatory open access publishing uses a business model that exploits authors by charging publication fees without providing the editorial and publishing services that authors expect from legitimate journals.
The rise of on-line open access (OA) has profound implications for academic publishing, not least the shift from subscribers to authors as the primary transactional partners for peer-reviewed journals. Although OA offers many benefits, it also paves the way for predatory publishers, who exploit the author-as-customer model to obtain revenue from author fees while providing few of the editorial services associated with academic publishing. Predatory journals publish papers with little or no peer review, and often disguise their real geographical location while exaggerating their scope and editorial expertise. Such journals also attempt to attract authors by promising unrealistically rapid editorial decisions while falsely claiming peer review, and fabricating impact factors and inclusion in academic indexes. The explosive increase in predatory OA journals is not only a risk to inexperienced authors, but also threatens to undermine the OA model and the legitimate communication of research.
Ward, S.M., 2016. The Rise of Predatory Publishing: How To Avoid Being Scammed. Weed Science 64(4):772-778
View the useful video produced by Cambridge University Office of Scholarly Communication on
Butler, D.,2013. Investigating journals: the dark side of publishing. Nature [online] 495, 432-435
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Beware Predatory Open Access publishers!
REF 2021 stipulates that all journal articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN, accepted for publication after 1st April 2016, should be made Open Access within 3 months from acceptance in order to be eligible.
Think.Check.Attend. is an initiative that aims to guide and assist researchers and scholars to judge the legitimacy and academic credentials of conferences in order to help them decide whether to or not attend…
Caltech have produced a very useful guide to questionable conferences based on Beall's list.
See also the article in Times Higher Education 12 January 2017 : Warning: conmen and shameless scholars operate in this area. James McCrostie was shocked to discover the extent of ‘predatory conferences’, but even more shocked by those abetting them.
Useful guide by Eaton, S. E. (2018). Avoiding Predatory Journals and Questionable Conferences: A Resource Guide, CC BY NC SA
Established journals are included in lists such as SJR and CWTS Jourrnal Indicators based on Scopus.
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