Where can I find a list of predatory journals?
Predatory journals are those journals that publish anything for a fee. Until January this year, the most commonly used list for identifying predatory journals was the one published by Jeffrey Beall, a renowned expert on predatory publishing. This list containing the names of almost 1,155 allegedly predatory open access publishers was taken offline; however, it can still be found archived here. Another blacklist of 5,948 predatory publishers was recently released by Cabell’s International in June 2017. However, this list requires a subscription.
Here are some indicators to look out for while identifying journals:
- The journal has no address or contact information other than an email address listed.
- There are articles listed but no evidence of an editorial board to review those articles.
- The website has an overwhelming number of images from major publishers who would have no reason to partner with this journal.
- The editorial board seems to contain very prominent researchers who would be too busy to work with an unknown journal.
- There is no mention of an APF. This means you’ll likely receive an outrageous bill after your article has been rapidly accepted for publication.
- There is no mention of a peer review process or basic submission requirements.
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