Answered By: Laurissa Gann
Last Updated: Oct 02, 2017     Views: 44

What is a Predatory Journal?

Predatory Journals take advantage of author’s by asking them to publish for a fee without providing peer-review or copy editing. High quality academic journals take longer to publish articles because they go through a proper peer review and copy editing process. 

How are predatory journals different than Open Access journals?

Open Access journals may solicit authors to publish for a fee, but maintain high standards for peer review and editing. The goal of Open Access publishing is to disseminate research to a larger audience by removing paywalls. Open Access journals can have Impact Factors and can create a citation advantage for authors

How can you spot a predatory journal?

1. Do you or your colleagues know the journal? Do you recognize the editorial board?
2. Can you easily contact the publisher?
3. Is the journal clear about their peer review process?
4. Is it clear what fees will be charged?
6. Are they promising a quick (2-3 month publication)?
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