How to prevent the pitfalls of Predatory PublishingPosted: August 26, 2013
As the prevalence of Open Access publishing continues to increase, the threat from a growing list of ‘predatory publishers’ is closely following.
No need to call in Arnie just yet, because we’ve discovered a great online resource to ensure that you don’t fall victim.
A Colorado librarian has compiled a blacklist of suspicious journal publishers, self-titled ‘Beall’s List’. This growing list currently exposes over 400 dubious Open Access publishers with poor ethical, editorial and peer-review practices in place.
These publishers spam professional mailing lists, targeting unsuspecting academics who are eager to have their work published. They exploit the ‘author-pays’ model and usually promise quick turnaround times to have the article reviewed, accepted and published.
How do I avoid ‘predatory publishing’?
- 1. Consult Beall’s List – it is the generally recognised standard that librarians check against.
- 2. If the publisher isn’t on the list, check out Beall’s Criteria for Determining Predatory Open Access Publishers and do some investigating yourself.
- 3. If you need further advice on where to publish contact your Academic Services Librarian.
Please share this important information with your colleagues.
These suspicious folks don’t stop at predatory publishing they are also trying to exploit you with bogus impact factor sites. Read more about bogus impact factor sites in September’s issue of INSight.