Predatory journals use questionable and unethical practices, including exploiting the open access model by charging article processing fees without providing any editorial services expected of a legitimate publisher.
These practices include:
Use the sites below to help you select a reputable journal in which to publish your work. You can also contact the library staff for help in researching a journal.
In addition to journals, there are also conferences that can be considered "predatory" due to questionable and unethical practices.
You can also use the Think - Check - Submit checklist to evaluate conferences.
Bohannon, J. (2013). Who's afraid of peer review? Science, 342 (Oct), 60-65. doi: 10.1126/science.342.6154.60.
Butler, D. (2013). Investigating journals: the dark side of publishing. Nature, 495, 433-435. doi: 10.1038/495433a.
Oermann, M.H., Conklin, J.L., Nicoll, L.H., Chinn, P.L., Ashton, K.S., Edie, A.H., . . . Budinger, S.C. (2016). Study of Predatory Open Access Nursing Journals. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48, 624-632. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12248.
In 2014, the International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) published a statement about predatory publishing, and many nursing journals published editorials in response, educating nurses about the situation and offering advice.
Many articles and sites which discuss predatory publishing have relied on "Beall's list," a list of "potential, probable or possible" predatory publishers compiled and maintained by Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Beall's site, scholarlyoa.org, was taken down in early 2017. The university issued a statement that Beall had decided not to continue with the list. Archived versions are available through the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.