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What is a predatory journal?
A predatory journal is one that will accept virtually any article as long as they are paid to publish that article. That doesn't mean that any journal that asks for money to publish an article is a predatory journal. This guide is designed to help you determine whether or not a particular journal is predatory.
Graphic on Evaluating Journals
Think - Check - Submit
Worried about choosing the right journal to publish your article? Use the checklist at Think - Check - Submit to help you determine if a particular journal is right for you!
Sites You Can Use To Check If a Journal or Publisher is Predatory
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
Check the list of COPE members. If a journal isn't predatory, the publisher should be a member. "COPE is a forum for editors and publishers of peer reviewed journals to discuss all aspects of publication ethics."
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Check the DOAJ's extensive list of open access journals. Although they can't guarantee that no publisher or journal on their lists is predatory, they attempt to include only high quality journals and publishers.
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
Check the list of OASPA members to see if the publisher is listed. If a journal isn't predatory, the publisher should be a member of the OASPA.
Stop Predatory Journals
Check to see if the journal is listed on this list of potential predatory journals maintained by Stop Predatory Journals.
Stop Predatory Journals - Publishers
Check this list of publishers maintained by Stop Predatory Journals
Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) Framework
Although this site won't identify a journal as predatory, it rates journals published in the southern hemisphere. It is a work in progress. To find journals that have already been evaluated, click on the Assessed Journals link at the top of the page.
A list of "predatory, parasitic, or pseudoscientific publishers and journals" put together by a theoretical physicist.
Other Guides to Predatory Journals and Publishers
NIH Statement on NIH-Funded Research and Reputable Journals