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6 Ways to identify
predatory OA
journal publishers
By Jeffrey Beall, author of blog Scholarly Open Access
® 2013 Text and Academic Authors
Association (TAA)
• The journal does not identify a formal editorial/review
board.

Number 1.
® 2013 Text and Academic Authors
Association (TAA)
• The publisher has no policies or practices for digital
preservation.

Number 2.
® 2013 Text and Academic Authors
Association (TAA)
• 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)
• 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)
• The name of a journal does not adequately reflect its
origin.

Number 5.
® 2013 Text and Academic Authors
Association (TAA)
• 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)
• 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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6 Ways To Identify Predatory Open Access Journal Publishers

  • 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. • The journal does not identify a formal editorial/review board. Number 1. ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)
  • 3. • The publisher has no policies or practices for digital preservation. Number 2. ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)
  • 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. • 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. • The name of a journal does not adequately reflect its origin. Number 5. ® 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)
  • 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. • 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)