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A Guide to Predatory Publishing
Learn about what they are, how to identify them, and how to protect your intellectual property.
Publication title not related to your field or with a generic title
This may seem obvious, but it is worth pointing out. If you are solicited for an article or to present at a conference, make sure the topic is relevant to your field of scholarship.
Does the journal have a broad or generic title like International Journal of Scholars or US Open Globalization Journal?
This is not strictly the only way to identify a predatory journal. Some legitimate journals do indeed have somewhat broad titles, but you will be able to identify the valid journals fairly quickly if you know what to identify.
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
Does the publication have an ISSN?
Keep in mind this does not necessarily validate a journal. Dig deeper to ensure the publisher and/or journal is legitimate.
If so, it is indexed by databases such as UlrichsWeb, Scopus, or others?
Just because it does it does not mean it is not predatory. Check for more than just an ISSN and indexing before you make your decision to publish.
Is information about author fees visible on the website?
If there is author fee information, how easy was it to access? How many layers did you have to dig through before you found it? Is the information presented vague, or is it excluded completely from the website?
Trust your colleagues
Have they published with, or are they familiar with, the publisher?
What do your colleagues have to say about the publisher?