What is a Predatory Publisher?
Opportunistic publishers share several characteristics:
- They exist to make money by taking advantage of the "author-pays model" of open access journal publishing,* and have no interest in promoting scholarship or advancing knowledge.
- They engage in questionable business practices, such as charging excessive author fees or failing to disclose publication fees to potential authors.
- They fail to follow accepted standards of scholarly publishing, particularly in regards to peer review.
Venus FlyTrap (photo by David Midgley)
Nims, J. & Storm, P. (2016, August 10). Predatory Publishers. Retrieved from http://guides.emich.edu/predatorypubs.
Recognizing a Predatory Publisher
- usually publish journals which are improbable combinations of disciplines.
- use spam to solicit papers.
- may publish papers which have already been published elsewhere.
- have websites with false or very little contact information.
- promise peer-review and publication "the next day" or some other unlikely time frame.
- list members of the editorial board who are individuals no one has ever heard of in the area(s) of research.
- have 'sales' on the cost of publishing articles.
- send emails and have websites with misspellings and/or bad grammar.
- tout non-existant impact factors. (Impact factors are only calculated for journals indexed in the Citation Indexes, which is only a portion of all journals published.)
Gillham, C. (2016, September 21). Scholarly Publications vs. Predatory Publishers. Retrieved from: http://libguides.udmercy.edu/content.php?pid=702033.