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:
Petrisor AI. Evolving strategies of the predatory journals. Malaysian J. Libr. Inf. Sci. 2016;21(1):1-17.
Grudniewicz, A. et al. Predatory journals: no definition, no defence. Nature 2019;576:210-212.
Sorokowski P., Kulczycki E., Sorokowska A., Pisanski K.: Predatory journals recruit fake editor. Nature 2017;543(7646):481-483.
Beall, J. Predatory” Open-Access Scholarly Publishers. The Charleston Advisor, 2010, vol. 11, n. 4, pp. 10-17.
Scientific journals with Impact Factor (IF)
Check the value of the IF index in Journals Citation Reports database.
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
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:
Note information on Think-Check-Submit
Check if the information about the journal/publisher appeared on Flaky Academic Journals blog.
Be very careful if you get an e-mail from the publisher encouraging you for publishing in their journal or participation in a conference.
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