What are predatory publishers?
Predatory publishers attempt to scam authors into paying to have their work published and do not have a peer review or editorial board process to check the authority of the work.
Predatory publishers also tend to:
- Have very similar or familiar sounding titles – typically they only differ by one or two words from a legitimate and reputable journal title
- Published in an online-only format* (Note: not all open-access or online-only journals are predatory)
- Prey on vulnerable populations (graduate students desperate to be published and/or hurried professionals who will soon be up for tenure or promotion)
Two ways predatory publishers make contact:
- Unsolicited email
- As part of internet search results
Tips to avoid being tempted or duped into publishing in a bogus journal:
- Use the library databases and journal access provided by the University Libraries (I.D. Weeks and Wegner Center Libraries)
- Conduct research using journal’s known in your profession and/or affiliated with a professional organization or society.
- Still not sure? Librarians are happy to help.
To avoid predatory conference organizers, register for conferences and housing directly through a professional organization’s website, rather than emailed links.