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Scholarly Communication : Predatory Publishing

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Things to Look For

  • Predatory publishers often aggressively spam email potential authors and contributors.
  • Look for up to date contact information. If you have questions, is there more than one way to reach them?
  • They aren't always forth coming about business practices. Look for information about how they handle peer review, retractions, copyright, and long term archiving.
  • Check if any of your peers have heard of them or published with them.
  • If you are ever unsure about a publisher, contact the Scholarly Communication Librarian. 

Predatory Publishing

What are Predatory Publishers?

Predatory Publishing has no agreed upon definition. The publishing industry is constantly shifting and quality between journals varies enough that there is no firm distinction or measurement between predatory, low quality and average journals. Predatory publishers often lack a rigorous peer review system, so articles may be published with little or no formal input from peers. Since a predatory publishers main goal is to make money, distributing and reviewing articles becomes a lower priority.  Publishing in a low quality or predatory journal can harm a scholar's reputation, calling their ability to build solid methodology, construct well written papers, and get published with a higher quality journal.