Publishing Journal Articles for Undergraduates

Predatory Publishing

These journals pollute the stream of published scholarship making it more difficult for scholars and librarians to distinguish between credible and non-credible content.

How to Spot a Predatory Journal

  • Exploitive, preying on authors
  • Asking for submission fees (in addition or instead of APC (article processing charge))
  • No peer review / non-rigorous peer review
  • Asking authors to relinquish copyright
  • Editorial board is small and/or consists of members without relevant qualification
  • Too many journals from a single publisher
  • Not following a regular publishing schedule 
  • Too frequent
  • Excessive self-citation