Predatory publishers share several characteristics:
*Charging authors/funding bodies to publish articles open access is a model used by many reputable journal publishers and is not the single factor used to determine if a journal should be considered "predatory."
For more criteria for evaluating open access journals consult the Open Access Journal Quality Indicators, a rubric by Sarah Beaubien and Max Eckard that features both positive and negative journal characteristics.
For further information, please review Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing by Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.
Many questionable open access and print journals send invitations to publish in future issues or serve on editorial boards. Before submitting an article or agreeing to a seat on an editorial board, investigate the reputation and legitimacy of the journal.
Fortunately, opportunistic journals are detectable.
Steps to Determine Whether a Journal or Publisher is Predatory:
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Cabell’s uses some 65 criteria — which will be reviewed quarterly — to check whether a journal should be on its blacklist, adding points for each suspect finding. Cabell has plans, however, to begin charging for the service in the near future.
Cabell's criteria for inclusion on the lists
Beall's List of Predatory Publishers: Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, compiled lists of "potential, possible, or probable predatory" journals and publishers that was discontinued as of January 2017. The List can still be found using the Internet Archive. The most recent working snapshot including the List is from 01/12/2017.
A journal or publisher's inclusion on the list does not mean it definitely engages in unscrupulous practices. The list was based on Beall's opinions and research and changed frequently as journals and publishers modify their business practices. Many publishers on this archived list may have improved their practices since Jan 2017.
Authors using these lists to screen publishers and standalone journals are encouraged to reach their own conclusions and consider the age of the archived list.
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