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What Are Predatory Journals?

Understanding Predatory Journals

Avoiding Predatory Publishers

University of Colorado Denver librarian and researcher Jeffrey Beall coined the term "predatory publishing." Predatory publishing is an exploitative business model which preys upon academic publishing. It involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not).

This guide will help you identify and avoid predatory journal publishers, and it will also help you discover and approach the best journals that serve our scholarly communication needs.

Use Cabells to find Journal Ranking. UML does not subscribe to the Cabell's Blacklist, but you can check Cabell's Whitelist to see if it includes a particular title, and also refer to Cabell's list of journals which have been removed from the Whitlelist.

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Reasons to Avoid Publication in Predatory Journals

Predatory journals are almost never widely read, causing your work to be ignored.

Including a an article in a predatory journal  in your CW  or resume could be not just neutral but detrimental, giving a bad impression of you.
Predatory publishers could suddenly disappear resulting in any legitimate research you did to be lost.
Articles accepted by predatory journals would be considered previously published, so that legitimate publishers will be unwilling to accept them even if the predatory publisher released them for publication elsewhere.
They do not distinguish between authentic research and bogus work, thus harming scholarship.



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