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Predatory Publishers

"Predatory journals—also called fraudulent, deceptive, or pseudo-journals—are publications that claim to be legitimate scholarly journals but misrepresent their publishing practices. Some common forms of predatory publishing practices include

  • falsely claiming to provide peer review,
  • hiding information about article processing charges,
  • misrepresenting members of the journal’s editorial board, and
  • other violations of copyright or scholarly ethics."

Common Characteristics of Predatory Journals

- Elmore SA, Weston EH. Predatory Journals: What They Are and How to Avoid Them. Toxicologic Pathology. 2020;48(4):607-610. doi:10.1177/0192623320920209

Tools and Lists to Avoid Predatory Publishers

  1. Predatory Reports is "an organization made up of volunteer researchers who have been harmed by predatory publishers and want to help researchers identify trusted journals and publishers for their research." Their lists breaks down predators by both publisher and journal name.
  2. Think. Check. Submit. "helps researchers identify trusted journals and publishers for their research. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications."

    Checklist for books | Checklist for journals
  3. COPE Members is a searchable list of publishers and institutions that are part of the Committee on Publication Ethics, an organization "committed to educating and supporting editors, publishers, universities, research institutes, and all those involved in publication ethics."