Monday, April 22, 2013
Be vigilant against predatory journals
I'm sure most of the academic readers of this blog are frequently inundated by numerous requests to serve on the editorial boards of journals you've never heard of. Many of these claim to be 'open access' even though they do not adhere to the open access code of conduct. Rather, they are following a business model where the researcher pays to publish, while the predatory journal fails to provide even base services or indexing for your paper. The problem is that we often receive e-mails from legitimate start-up open access journals, and people need to separate the two. Jeffrey Beall has developed a set of guidelines to help you determine the legitimacy of the journal, as well as providing a list of known predatory publishers. These are great resources to ensure that you do not get duped.