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Predatory Publishers

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:

  • Little or no peer review
  • Fake ISSN
  • Editors with no or fake credentials
  • No editors listed at all
  • False indexing claims in Web of Science, Directory of Open Access Journals, etc.
  • Rapid acceptance (within 2 weeks)
  • Call for papers email, a pre-acceptance email, and other "scammy" email
  • Empty or dead links
  • Spelling and grammar errors
  • Fake Impact Factor
    • Impact Factor can only be assigned by one company, Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters and Institute for Scientific Information).  An easy way to check is by searching the Impact Factor in InCites Journal Citations Report.

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