Identifying a Predatory Journal

Predatory journals charge Article Processing fees or submission fees without providing the requisite services such as peer review and editorial services. They exploit the open access model of publishing. You can spot them by checking on the following issues:

  • Does the journal promise more than it can reasonably deliver?
  • Unrealistically quick acceptance and publication timelines
  • Publishing unreasonably high volumes of articles
  • Quality of past issues
  • Is it in our subscribed content?
  • Aggressive indiscriminate solicitation practices
  • Unrealistically broad coverage
  • Bealls list of fraudulent journals