Predatory Open Access Publishers

Following the ‘Impact Factors and all that’ presentation this week, we understandably received a few questions about how to decide where to publish, and what to make of publishers who solicit articles.

We plan to run sessions in the future which will at least begin to address this complex topic and give you ideas of what you need to consider.

In the meantime, you can look at Beall’s list of potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers. Jeffrey Beall is a librarian who takes a particular interest in open access scholarly publication, particularly publishers and journals which are attempting to exploit academics and the corrupt the scientific process.

It is worth being suspicious of unsolicited emails asking you to publish, especially if they are asking you to pay a fee!

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