What is a predatory journal in the open access world? One in which the author pays to publish, rather than going through the usual rigor of peer-reviews and editorial checks. This is a growing area.
The University of Manchester’s advice which includes checks that need to be done to ensure legitimacy
The Manchester website advises the following checks should be done:
- “Entry in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – journals must meet strict criteria to qualify
- Publisher’s membership of Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) – members are bound by a code of conduct based on standard publishing practices and transparency
- Publisher’s membership of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) – membership demonstrates commitment to widely accepted publishing practices
- Publisher’s membership of the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) – membership demonstrates commitment to widely accepted publishing practices
- Named editor and editorial board – recognised experts in their field who include their editorial commitment on their own research profiles
- Full contact details (email, postal address, working telephone number)
- Visibility of costs associated with publishing”
Jeffrey Beall’s Jeffrey Beall is a librarian and associate professor at Auraria Library at the University of Colorado, Denver. His long-standing blog, despite threats of lawsuits, has kept the librarian world continually informed.