Predatory publishers charge extremely high article processing fees without conducting any editing or peer-review work, often targeting new, inexperienced authors. Journals owned by such publishers can either be subscription-based or open access, although the latter is more common.
Similarly, predatory conferences solicit researchers to submit papers and presentations to conferences that are organized for the sole reason of making a profit. These conferences usually do not peer-review submissions and the conference may not even take place.
When you’re evaluating a journal or conference, make sure that the goal of the publication or conference is to share high-quality research which advances scholarship versus solely to make a profit.
If you receive an unsolicited request to submit your research to a journal or conference from an unfamiliar source, proceed with caution and ask the library for assistance.
How to assess a publisher or conference:
- Start here: How to assess a journal: AKA how not to publish with an undesirable journal
- Visit Think. Check. Submit for help with identifying trusted journals and publishers.
- Visit Think. Check. Attend for help with choosing trusted conferences to attend and to present their research at.
- Follow the journal assessment checklist to research the credibility of a publication before you publish.
- Follow the conference evaluation questions in this article to assess the credibility of a conference.
- Contact the library for help with finding details and evaluating the reputability of a publisher, journal or conference.
Choose a trustworthy journal for your research. Think. Check. Submit.: