Predatory Journals and Publishers


An unfortunate side-effect of the growth of high-quality open access journals is the number of 'predatory' open access publishers that have also sprung up. These publishers essentially accept as many articles as possible in order to make as much money as possible. These journals provide little or no peer-review and editorial services, and as a result the quality of the articles they publish is poor. (You may like to read this Times Higher article or this article in The Economist.)  When you're considering where to publish or which research to cite, avoid predatory journals!


How do I spot a predatory journal? 

There is a fairly long checklist (below) that you can work through or you can contact the Research Outputs Team within the Library-  However, given the number of articles you're likely to find yourself working with, this may not always be practical!  So we've offered two options -

When searching for research to cite

Spotting predatory journals when deciding where to publish

This can be a bit of a headache, but this a pragmatic approach ...

So you may also need to ...

So where should I publish?!

Working out which journals to avoid is just the start. Reputable journals themselves vary considerably in terms of reputation, prestige and ranking, so you should also take a look at the very short guide on which journal to publish in.


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