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Predatory Publishing: Contact & FAQs

Many students and faculty aim to publish their research in quality journals, but how do we know if the journal is legitimate? This research guide is a companion to our library workshops on predatory publishing.

Reference Librarian & Systematic Reviews Coordinator

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Becca Billings
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References & Further Reading

Anderson, R. (2017). Federal Trade Commission and National Institutes of Health Take Action Against Predatory Publishing Practices. Retrieved from

Anderson, K. (2017). A confusion of journals - What is PubMed now? Retrieved from

Beall, J. (20160. Essential information about predatory publishers and journals. International Higher Education, 86, 2-3. Retrieved from

Bowman, J. D. (2014). Predatory publishing, questionable peer review, and fraudulent conferences. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78(10), 178-184. doi:10.5688/ajpe7810176

Butler, D. (2013a). Sham journals scam authors. Nature, 495(7442), 421–422. doi:10.1038/495421a

Butler, D. (2013b). Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing [News feature]. Nature, 495(7442). Retrieved from

Federal Trade Commission. (2016, August 26). FTC charges academic journal publisher OMICS Group deceived researchers [Press release]. Retrieved from

Harvey, H. B., & Weinstein, D. F. (2017). Predatory publishing: An emerging threat to the medical literature. Academic Medicine, 92(2), 150-151. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001521

Kolata, G. (2017). Many Academics are eager to publish in worthless journals. Retrieved from

Lake, L (2016, August 26). Academics and scientists: Beware of predatory journal publishers. Retrieved from

Pisanski, K., Sorokowski, P., Kulczycki, E., & Sorokowska, A. (2017). Predatory journals recruit fake editor. Nature, 543(7646). Retrieved from!/menu/main/topColumns/topLeftColumn/pdf/543481a.pdf

Scholarly Open Access [Blog]. (n.d.). Critical analysis of Jeffery Beall’s blog open access publishing. Retrieved from

Shamseer, Larissa. (2017). Thirteen ways to spot a ‘predatory journal’ (and why we shouldn’t call them that). Retrieved from

Sullivan, B. (2014, October 4). To catch a predatory publisher [PLOS Blog]. Retrieved from

Think, Check, Submit [Research initiative]. (2017). Retrieved from

Vogel, L. (2017). Researchers may be part of the problem in predatory publishing. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 189(42), E1324-E1325.

Reference Librarian & Liaison to the Collat School of Business


This guide is intended as a resource to help identify potential predatory publishers and journals. The responsibility for deciding where to publish ultimately lies with the author. You are encouraged to seek out a liaison librarian if you need additional guidance on predatory publishing practices, however any final determinations about the legitimacy of a particular journal or publisher should be made by individual researchers. 

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