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Research Guides

Getting Published: An Introduction to Issues in Scholarly Publishing

Supports the Getting Published Workshop Series offered by UTL on the St. George campus.

Overview

  • Publishers with a “deliberate intent to deceive”
  • Increased with open access journals, ease in publishing platforms, and APC payments
  • Researchers are either unaware, or really want to publish somewhere
  • Approaches to tracking scope of problem: Blacklists vs Whitelists

Characteristics of Deceptive Publishers

Things to look out for:

  • Accepting articles quickly with little or no peer review or quality control
  • Notifying academics of article fees only after papers are accepted
  • Spam emails to submit articles or serve on editorial boards
  • Fake editorial board members
  • Mimicking the name or web site style of more established journals
  • Making misleading claims about the publishing operation, such as a false location
  • Using fake ISSNs or other unique identifier incorrectly
  • Citing fake or non-existent impact factors

Journal Assessment Tools

*A lot of these criteria can be applied to monograph publishers as well*