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Understanding Predatory Publishers

This guide introduces the concept of predatory publishing and provides advice on how to identify a potential predatory publisher.

Avoiding predators

The best way to avoid a predatory publisher is to have expectations of good service and products.

The Library Guide on Journal Evaluation Tools, which provides a lot of information on journal rankings/metrics, can help you check publisher claims (such as Impact Factors).

Think. Check. Submit. Checklist

This organization has a useful checklist that can be used to see if a journal meets basic publishing expectations. The video, linked below, walks you through the process.

Example expectations:

About this guide

This guide is just that, a guide. Ultimately it is up to each author to make the final decision on where to publish and to decide what they expect from their publishers.

Megan N O'Donnell authored this guide. She would like to give special thanks to Eastern Michigan University Library's Guide on Predatory Publishers which served as a starting point. The graphic icons used on this guide are from icons8. Reuse of the icons requires a link back to icons8.

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Megan O'Donnell
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