A dark side of OA has been the emergence of predatory journals, so-named because these journal publishers "prey" on unsuspecting academics trying to publish. They may engage in a number of dubious, academically illegitimate, or even unethical practices, including, but not limited to, the following:
Articles examining the predatory journal issue do not often mention the detrimental effects proliferation of this journal content can have on students' academic development. While academics should avoid these journals for both research and publishing, it is also important to inform students as well.
There are librarians, scholars, and institutions monitoring these "suspect" publishers - ask your liaison librarian for more information.
Yes, it is true: the UFV Library may have potential predatory journals listed in its Journals list.
This is not by intentional design, and it is important to consider the following:
If you have concerns about a particular journal listed in our journal list, please contact us.
A website to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research. It is a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.
Declan Butler offers a checklist to identify reputable publishers, which includes the following:
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This website is a copy of Beall's list of predatory publishers & journals. It was retrieved from cached copy on 15th January 2017.
From 2010 to 2016, librarian Jeffrey Beall (University of Colorado Denver) maintained a list of what he deemed to be "potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers" as a way of publicly warning scholars to avoid associating with such publishers. Beall introduced new additions to his list in a blog entitled Scholarly Open Access: critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing. He would reassess his list and remove those publishers or journals proved themselves to be reputable.
Beall's blog and website were suddenly removed on January 16, 2017 with no explanation. Beall later commented on the reasons, including this article:
Beall's criteria and last updated list remain useful. Past versions of his website can be accessed using the Internet Archive. Specific links are provided in this article by the website Debunking Denialism:
Beall's List, as it became known, was the de facto authoritative list of open access journal publishers who appear to be engaged in questionable and/or poor quality publishing and business practices. Academics intending to publish in an open access journal would still benefit from reviewing Beall's List and consulting his Criteria for Determining Predatory Open Access Publishers as aids in making informed choices about where to publish.