You have been asked to publish in a certain journal or become a member of the editorial board? But you are not sure if this publisher is reputable or may be a so-called predatory publisher?
We have put together some tips for you on how to recognise dubious publishers.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
|... the journal's scope||is to broad and vague or comprises many different, incoherent areas of expertise.|
|... the journal's archive||shows irregular publication cycles, is not accessible or not available at all.|
|... the publisher||offers a great range of journals with very little content.|
|... the publication process||(incl. peer review) is set very short, is not or insufficiently described.|
|... the website||looks unprofessional, confusing, offers little information or does not exist at all.|
|... the website||indicates wrong indices or impact factors (e.g. Index Copernicus, Universal Impact Factor, Global Impact Factor).|
|... the article processing charges||cannot be found on the website.|
|... the publisher||does not provide verifiable or outright contact information.|
In addition, you should check details such as listing in renowned databases (e.g. EBSCO, ProQuest, Web of Science ...) or membership in industry associations:
- Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Committee on Publication Ethics
- Think, Check, Submit
- Bealls list of potential predatory scholarly open access publishers
- Technische Universität München, Universitätsbibliothek. (2020). Checklist: Predatory Journals. https://mediatum.ub.tum.de/doc/1554134/1554134.pdf
- For checking the reputability of conferences, there are the checklists thinkcheckattend and Checklist: Predatory Conferences.(2020). Technische Universität München, Universitätsbibliothek
A general rule: If you have a bad feeling about a publisher or a magazine, proceed with caution.
Consult with your colleagues or contact us!