Caution "predatory journal"!

About Predatory Journals

Appearing to be an open access journal with peer review, the predatory publisher aims to make profits from authors’ publication fees (Article Processing Charge: APC) while not providing a proper peer review process. Recently, it's increasing rapidly and needs attention.

Problems of Predatory Journals

  • Decreased author's trust and evaluation: The author might be perceived as a “researcher with predatory publishing”.
  • Risk of publication fee trouble: The authors might be charged for additional reasons after publication.
  • The author might not be able to withdraw the publication, and thus cannot re-submit the work to other journals.
  • The accessibility of the publication for a long term is not guaranteed.
    • Margaret H. Kearney, The INANE Predatory Publishing Practices Collaborative. 2015. Predatory publishing: What authors need to know.Research in Nursing and Health 38 (1): 1-3

Characteristics of predatory journals

  • The journal website does not present an editorial board.
  • Too short the peer review process: The journal gives unrealistic promises regarding the speed of the peer review process.
  • The journal mimics another journal title or the website of said journal.
    • Eriksson, S. & Helgesson, G.  The false academy: predatory publishing in science and bioethics. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. 2017, vol. 20, no. 2, p. 163-170.

How to prevent predatory publishing?

Please refer to the whitelist of recognized open access journals.


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
OA journals that passed strict examination

Quality Open Access Market (QOAM)
OA Journal APC and quality information website

Web of Science

DB with recording standards


Think Check Submit
Checklist for choosing a trusted journal

Think Check Attend
Checklist for choosing a trusted conference

* Journals that are not whitelisted are not necessarily the predatory journal.

* This page is written based on “Please pay attention to Predatory Journals!” by Kyoto University Library Network.
It revised to Caution Regarding Predatory Journals.

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