Predatory publishers

Identifying predatory publishers

Best practice is to investigate the most reputable and impactful publishers and outlets in your field and identify the best option for your work from these.

Signs that a publisher may not be the best choice include:

  • an extremely broad journal or conference scope
  • unusually fast publication times that don’t allow for thorough peer review and editorial processes
  • aggressive and indiscriminate marketing
  • lack of transparency around policies and practices, fees, and contact details.

Predatory publishers use deceptive tactics like:

  • using similar names to reputable journals,
  • fraudulently identifying researchers as editors, or
  • ‘hijacking’ existing journals.

A number of tools and checklists are available to help but distinguishing between predatory, low-quality, and newly established publishers or journals can be challenging. Familiarise yourself with ethical, high-quality publishing practices and seek advice from experienced researchers in your field.

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