Predatory publishers seek to take advantage of the Gold Open Access model of publication, whereby the author pays to have an article available open access. Such publishers can set up websites that closely resemble legitimate online publishers, and often send out spam emails requesting authors to submit articles or to become an editor or peer reviewer. Academics considering publishing in journals should carefully evaluate the scholarly credibility of both the publisher and the journal.
LISTEN to the ABC Radio National Background Briefing segment on predatory publishing and the tactics used in this growing sector.
Before deciding to publish in a new journal, consider the following criteria:
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