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Open Access: Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2013

When you're thinking about publishing in an Open Access (OA) journal, you want to avoid those awful journals that are just looking for your author fee, and won't actually give your research the credit or exposure that it deserves. 

Jeffrey Beall from the University of Colorado, Denver has created a list of predatory OA journals using these criteria.

Here's just some examples from the extensive list of criteria that identifies a predatory journal:

  • Evident data exist showing that the editor and/or review board members do not possess academic expertise to reasonably qualify them to be publication gatekeepers in the journal’s field.
  • The publisher or its journals are not listed in standard periodical directories or are not widely cataloged in library databases.
  • The publisher publishes journals that combine two or more fields not normally treated together (e.g., International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology).
The 2012 list identified 23 predatory publishers. The 2012 list has 225 so far, and that list is only going to get bigger. A lot of these titles are very similar to legitimate titles, so just remember to double check that the journal you want to publish in is not on that list before you pay to publish.