OA publishing is accompanied by the so-called predatory publishers. This phenomenon was defined and described in 2010 in the article Predatory Open-Access Scholarly Publishers by American librarian Jeffrey Beall. This term refers to publishers who use the Gold Open Access model for their own profits.

The following articles talk about the methods used by predatory publishers:


Scientific journals with Impact Factor (IF)

  1. Check the value of the IF index in Journals Citation Reports database.

  2. Note: the only source of information about the IF index is Journal Citation Reports database by Clarivate Analytics; other IF indexes, such as IF indicator with an asterisk (*) should arouse suspicions - the publisher usually explains that it is an unofficial value or refers to indicators with a similar name.

Scientific journals without the IF index

Check if the title is included on the list of journals of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) (alphabetical list -pdf, the list following disciplines – xlsx).

If this title is not on the list of journals of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW), you should verify it on your own:

  1. Note information on Think-Check-Submit

  2. Check if the journal is constantly indexed in bibliographic databases such as: Medline, PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, Embase

  3. Check if the information about the journal/publisher appeared on Flaky Academic Journals blog.

  4. Check the list of potential predatory publihers at: >> Stop Predatory Journals, Beall's List (Updated)

Be very careful if you get an e-mail from the publisher encouraging you for publishing in their journal or participation in a conference.


If you have any doubts, please contact the employees of the Scientific Information and Promoting Division or Bibliography Department.


Scientific Information and Promotion Division:
phone 58 349 10 45

Regulations of collecting personal data in Medical University of Gdańsk

On 27 April 2016 Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Union and of Council came into force. It relates to data processing for natural persons and the freedom of movement of such data. In the light of this and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation), the Main Library would like to draw your attention to the following:

1. The administrator of your personal data is The Medical University of Gdańsk based in Gdańsk, Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie 3A, 80-210 Gdańsk,

2. The Data Protection Inspector at The Medical University of Gdańsk is Piotr Małecki (iod@gumed.edu.pl),

3. Your personal data will be processed using the Tricity Libraries IT System (Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music, Gdynia Maritime University, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, European Solidarity Centre) in order to enable the use of library resources on the basis of art. 6 par. 1 lit. A of the general regulation of personal data of 27 April 2016,

4. Your personal data will not be disclosed to other entities, except for entities authorized under the law, debt collection companies or companies supporting IT services,

5. Your personal data will be kept for a period required by law,

6. You have access to the content of your data and the right to demand its rectification. You have the right to remove data or limit its use. Further you have the right to transfer data and to raise an objection on how your data is processed. You may withdraw your legal consent for the use of your data at any time,

7. You have the right to make a complaint to the Office for Personal Data Protection if your complaint is justified and the administrator is found to be in breach of the general regulation of personal data of 27 April 2016,

8. Providing personal data is voluntary, however, the refusal to provide them may result in the refusal to provide the service.