Predatory Journals and Publishers
Educating researchers about predatory journals and publishers is essential to help prevent researchers mistakenly publishing in untrustworthy journals.
UKRIO has compiled a list of resources relating to predatory journals and publishers.
- Frandsen, T. F., Moher, D., Shamseer, L., Cobey, K. D., Lalu, M. M., Galipeau, J., … Gunsalus, C. K. (2019). Why do researchers decide to publish in questionable journals? A review of the literature. Nature. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/leap.1214
- Grey, A., Bolland, M. J., Avenell, A., Klein, A. A., & Gunsalus, C. K. (2020). Check for publication integrity before misconduct. Nature, 577(7789), 167–169. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-019-03959-6
- Grudniewicz, A., Moher, D., Cobey, K. D., Bryson, G. L., Cukier, S., Allen, K., … Lalu, M. M. (2019, December 12). Predatory journals: no definition, no defence. Nature. NLM (Medline). https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-019-03759-y
- Moher, D., Shamseer, L., Cobey, K., Lalu, M. M., Galieau, J., Avey, M. T., … Ziai, H. (2017). Stop this waste of people, animals and money. Nature. https://researchmgt.monash.edu/ws/portalfiles/portal/238960887/238948021_oa.pdf
Guidelines and Discussion Documents
- In this discussion document, COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) describes the impact of predatory journals on the relevant stakeholders, evaluates proposed interventions and solutions, and present COPE’s perspective on addressing the problem going forward: https://doi.org/10.24318/cope.2019.3.6
- A useful example of an institutional resource page giving guidance about predatory journals, from the University of Portsmouth,: https://library.port.ac.uk/predatory-journals-and-publishers.html
- From the University of Brunel’s library; the question, ‘How do I know whether a publisher or journal is genuine when publishing my work?’ is explored: https://libanswers.brunel.ac.uk/faq/52606
- Andy Nobes from the International Network for the Availability of Scientific (INASP) writing on the AuthorAID blog, ‘A beginner’s guide to avoiding ‘predatory’ journals (using your critical thinking skills’. Published 24 July 2018. https://www.authoraid.info/en/news/details/1310/
- Cambell Scholarly Analytics published an A-Z list of issues regarding predatory publishing practices, with one Tweet a week going through the entire alphabet. Simon Linacre republished all 26 tweets in one place, as a primer on how to successfully deal with the phenomenon. https://blog.cabells.com/2020/11/04/the-a-zs-of-predatory-publishing/
Last revised June 2021.
Please note that this list of resources is not intended to be exhaustive and should not be seen as a substitute for advice from suitably qualified persons. UKRIO is not responsible for the content of external websites linked to from this page. If you would like to seek advice from UKRIO, information on our role and remit and on how to contact us is available here.
UKRIO would like to thank our Advisory Board and other volunteers for their help in putting this list together.