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Dubious open access journals

Open access journals of low reputation

So-called predatory publishers profit from authors and institutions under false pretences. Their sole aim is to maximise returns by means of over-priced publications or conference fees, often before an article has been published.

These publishers do not observe the usual standards associated with good scholarly practice. In addition the visibility of such publications is low since established databases do not index predatory journals. Furthermore the long-term availability of the content can often not be guaranteed.

The design of the websites associated with such publishers, journals and conferences is often so professional that it is difficult to recognise their fraudulent nature at first sight.

Typical features associated with untrustworthy open access journals

  • Imitation of the names and websites of reputable journals and conferences, or of well-known publishers.
  • Unrealistic offers of swift review procedures (peer review), professional editing services and high standards.
  • Publicity material using fake impact factors or other fictitious data.
  • Editorial boards listing the names of reputable scholars who themselves are wholly unaware of this misuse.
  • Aggressive publicity inviting scholars to publish in open access journals or to participate in alleged specialist conferences.

Choosing an open access journal

Carefully check the reputation of the open access journal before you submit your research. If you are not already familiar with the journal or publisher check the information on the following websites:


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