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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

Think! Are you submitting your research to a trusted journal? Publishing your research results is key to advancing your discipline - and your career - but with so many journals in your field, how can you be sure that you're choosing a reputable trustworthy journal? Think! Check! Submit! Tips to confirm a journal's credentials and decide if it will help you reach the right audience with your research and make an impact on your career.

Fact Checking

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

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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