In pursuing a publication, please be aware that predatory publishers do exist. The Think. Check. Submit. campaign aids researchers in evaluating the trustworthiness of journals by providing a checklist of factors to consider when selecting reputable publishers.
Characteristics that assist in identification of predatory publishers/journals:
- Mass emailing -- addressed to dear sir or ma’am
- Quick turnaround promises -- no time to properly review
- Peer review process vague or absent
- Extremely broad title -- e.g. International Journal of Current Research, Academic Exchange Quarterly
- Resembles well-known publication -- visual/formatting mimicking
- Contradictory location -- Journal of European Tea published in Empire Prairie, MO
- Spelling errors and typos -- typos found in emails, on web, etc.
- Dead links -- cannot get beyond main or second level pages
- Publisher is editor -- indicative of lack of peer review
- Popular email host -- Hotmail, Gmail, etc.
- Provides too many options -- for example a new publisher has 75 titles