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Predatory Publishing

What is Predatory Publishing?

Predatory Publishing has been facilitated by the growth of online publishing and has flourished under the Open Access publication model, a model that often charges an author fee in order to make an article freely available for public viewing. Predatory publishing is characterized by some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Picture of T-RexCharging exorbitant author fees for publication (these fees may not be upfront, but rather an invoice may be generated after an article is submitted) 
  • Phishing emails soliciting manuscripts for publication
  • Lack of an editorial board or true peer review system
  • No digital preservation plan
  • Poor journal quality
  • Journals are not covered (indexed) in scholarly databases

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