A predatory publisher is a publisher who produces low quality academic journals. These journals are rarely peer-reviewed, and often charge the author a publication fee. The publisher works hard to dupe authors into publishing by emulating well-known publishers, lying about their credentials, and soliciting submissions with spam emails. Learn how to evaluate and identify predatory publishers using the criteria below:
The intended audience of this video is researchers selecting a journal in which to publish, but you should also use this same process when deciding whether a journal is reputable before you cite it. Obviously, you still need to evaluate any individual article you use to ensure that the methods and conclusions in it are sound and logical, but use caution in order to avoid citing articles published in questionable or predatory journals.