Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au Last Updated: Jul 29, 2021 Views: 28
There has also been a rise in the prevalence of opportunistic publishers whose main interest is in collecting fees (APCs) from unwary authors.
A 'predatory publisher' generally refers to a publisher who charges a fee for the publication of material without delivering the same level of editorial and publishing services offered by legitimate journals such as peer review.
Predatory publishers often email researchers directly to solicit work. They are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods, and ‘scrape the web’ for data to use to populate their spam emails, to give the impression the publisher knows more about you than they actually do.
You can also check the following platforms:
- Create a publishing plan. Detail a list of preferred journals for evaluation and discuss with your School Librarian (see the example from Edith Cowan University)
- Refer to this simple OA Journal Publishing Checklist to help evaluate OA journals.
- Consult the Library's Journal Finder tool. Designed to help avoid predatory journals. Includes only journals on the current ERA Journal List. Includes links to Ulrichsweb, Scopus, SCImago), and Library Search.
- Look through the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) for high-quality, peer-reviewed OA journals.
- Google the journal name, along with the word 'predatory', and look at the most recent comments.
- Consult Sherpa Romeo, on a journal-by-journal basis, for publisher copyright summaries and OA archiving policies.