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
      https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.21640

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.
      https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-016-9740-3

How to prevent predatory publishing?

Please refer to the whitelist of recognized open access journals.

Whitelist

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

https://doaj.org
OA journals that passed strict examination

Quality Open Access Market (QOAM)

https://www.qoam.eu/journals
OA Journal APC and quality information website

Web of Science

http://mjl.clarivate.com

DB with recording standards

Checklist

Think Check Submit

https://thinkchecksubmit.org
Checklist for choosing a trusted journal

* 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.
https://www.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp/bulletin/1380558?lang=en