Research Tips 05: How to Avoid Predatory Publishers?
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 Research Tips 05

Alongside the increasing popularity of legitimate open access publishing, there has also been a rise in what is known as predatory (or questionable) publishing. Predatory publishers solicit and accept manuscripts and fees from authors, but do not provide the editorial and peer review services that are part of legitimate scholarly publishing.* The tools listed below can help you vet the predatory publishers.

Bowman, J. D. (2014). Predatory Publishing, Questionable Peer Review, and Fraudulent Conferences. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78(10), 176. http://doi.org/10.5688/ajpe7810176

Think. Check. Attend.
Think. Check. Attend. is an initiative designed to be a tool that supports you in selecting only trustworthy and authentic conferences. This is a sister resource to Think. Check. Submit.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
Journals must be vetted according to strict membership criteria before being granted membership in OASPA, so their membership list can serve as a sort of "whitelist" for open-access publications.