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Predatory Publishing: Home

This guide was created to help researchers to be aware of predatory publishers.


Welcome to this Predatory Publishing LibGuide!

This guide is created to help researchers how to avoid predatory publishers and choose the right place to publish scholarly output using best practices and checklists.

Besides the Home page, this LibGuide has five different pages. Common signs of predatory publishing describes the common characteristics of predatory publishers. It also shares tips about the practices and characteristics of predatory publishers. Where to publish? lists the best practices and checklists to consider in evaluating a journal or a publisher. Identifying predatory journals/publishers shares the blacklists and other sources to track potential predatory journals and publishers. Predatory conferences provides a conference checker tool to evaluate conferences. Finally, Resources shows relevant articles and additional resources on predatory publishing.

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What is predatory publishing?

Predatory publishing is a growing issue in the field of academic publishing. It is an unethical business practice as the predatory publishers do not provide rigorous peer review, manuscript processing, editing or other publishing services. As a result, predatory publishers may damage the reputation of the researchers and adversely impact their academic careers. In the long run, predatory publishing perpetuates bad research and threatens the integrity of scholarly communication.

Source: John Bond.2016

Why avoid predatory publishers?

The following table describes the main ethical issues posed by predatory journals (Ferris & Winker, 2017):

Issue Elaboration
Misrepresentation Predatory journals distort who they are and what services they offer
Lack of editorial and publishing standards and practices Predatory journals lack standards and best practices as established by the scholarly publishing community, which improve the quality and ethics of published work
Academic deception Authors misrepresent their scholarly effort by choosing to publish in predatory journals
Research and funding wasted Research published in predatory journals may not receive the recognition it deserves and may become inaccessible, hence the effort and risk of research as well as funding are wasted
Lack of archived content Predatory journals do not archive their content in third party sites making it inaccessible in the future
Undermining confidence in research literature Predatory journals undermine faith that readers and the public have in research literature