Predatory publishing is an exploitative practice that targets authors to submit articles to a journal. Predatory publishers often target authors with promises of extremely fast publication, without providing the editorial or publishing services associated with legitimate journals. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is, especially if the publisher is asking for large sums of money!
Characteristics of predatory publishing:
Below are links to a couple of online journal publishers of questionable quality. They can act as useful examples of red flags to look for when evaluating journals.
This is an example of an actual solicitation email an ATSU librarian has previously received. Note the improper name and title, use of informal language and styling, poor spelling and grammar, and overall confusing message.
If you need help identifying the quality of a journal, reach out to your liaison librarian for assistance. We can help you evaluate the quality of a journal and teach you some tips and tricks for how to evaluate a journal on your own. We can also help you identify high-quality journals that are a good match for your research.