As defined by Grudniewicz et al. (2019) in a Nature article, “Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices” (para. 7).
Author fees are a common feature of the predatory business model without the added benefits commonly associated with legitimate publishers, such as having a creditable peer-review process.
This predatory practice also extends to conferences. Scholars and researchers should be aware of the warning signs so they can protect themselves from publishing or presenting with questionable entities.
Grudniewicz A, Moher D, Cobey KD, et al. Predatory journals: no definition, no defence. Nature. 2019; 576(7786):210-212. doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03759-y
Additional tips from Judit Ward, Library Contact for SEBS/NJAES, Liaison to the Center of Alcohol Studies, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University.
Flattering email to invite you to submit an article or serve on the editorial board of a "scholarly" journal
Website with information on the journal, editorial board, and publisher
Metrics and indexing
Article processing and peer review
Ward, J. (n.d.). Predatory publishing: Warning signs / red flags. Rutgers University Libraries. Retrieved May, 16, 2022, from https://libguides.rutgers.edu/predatory/Start
Resources to better understand how to identify predatory publishers:
Identifying Predatory Publishers, YouTube video by the University of Manitoba Libraries.
Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, a list created by COPE, DOAJ, OASPA and WAME.
Thinkchecksubmit.org, website to help identify trusted publishers for your research.
Email the libraries at RRH to receive assistance from a librarian.