6 Ways To Identify Predatory Open Access Journal Publishers

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Predatory open-access journal publishers have increased exponentially in recent years, and a new publisher can be created in a single day, said Jeffrey Beall, a scholarly librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, and author of Scholarly
Open Access, a blog that tracks and critically analyzes questionable open access publishers and journals.

To help you avoid becoming a target of one of these predatory publishers, Beall offers 6 warning signs to help you identify them.

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6 Ways To Identify Predatory Open Access Journal Publishers

  1. 1. 6 Ways to identify predatory OA journal publishers By Jeffrey Beall, author of blog Scholarly Open Access ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)
  2. 2. • The journal does not identify a formal editorial/review board. Number 1. ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)
  3. 3. • The publisher has no policies or practices for digital preservation. Number 2. ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)
  4. 4. • The publisher begins operations with a large fleet of journals, often using a template to quickly create each journal’s home page. Number 3. ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)
  5. 5. • The publisher provides insufficient information or hides information about author fees, offering to publish an author’s paper and later sending a previously-undisclosed invoice. Number 4. ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)
  6. 6. • The name of a journal does not adequately reflect its origin. Number 5. ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)
  7. 7. • The journal falsely claims to have an impact factor, or uses some made up measure (e.g. view factor), feigning international standing. Number 6. ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)
  8. 8. • Visit Jeffrey Beall’s blog, Scholarly Open Access, which tracks and critically analyzes questionable open access publisher and journals. http://scholarlyoa.com/about/ • For Beall’s full list of criteria visit: http://scholarlyoa.com/2012/11/30/criteria-fordetermining-predatory-open-access-publishers-2ndedition/ ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)

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