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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, Liaison to UAB School of Nursing

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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 https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2017/12/04/federal-trade-commission-national-institutes-health-take-action-predatory-publishing-practices/

Anderson, K. (2017). A confusion of journals - What is PubMed now? Retrieved from https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2017/09/07/confusion-journals-pubmed-now/

Beall, J. (20160. Essential information about predatory publishers and journals. International Higher Education, 86, 2-3. Retrieved from https://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ihe/article/viewFile/9358/8368

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 http://www.nature.com/news/investigating-journals-the-dark-side-of-publishing-1.12666

Federal Trade Commission. (2016, August 26). FTC charges academic journal publisher OMICS Group deceived researchers [Press release]. Retrieved from https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/08/ftc-charges-academic-journal-publisher-omics-group-deceived

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 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/science/predatory-journals-academics.html?smid=pl-share

Lake, L (2016, August 26). Academics and scientists: Beware of predatory journal publishers. Retrieved from https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2016/08/academics-and-scientists-beware-predatory-journal-publishers

Pisanski, K., Sorokowski, P., Kulczycki, E., & Sorokowska, A. (2017). Predatory journals recruit fake editor. Nature, 543(7646). Retrieved from https://www.nature.com/polopoly_fs/1.21662!/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 http://www.scholarlyoa.net/beall_list.htm

Shamseer, Larissa. (2017). Thirteen ways to spot a ‘predatory journal’ (and why we shouldn’t call them that). Retrieved from https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/thirteen-ways-to-spot-a-predatory-journal-and-why-we-shouldnt-call-them-that

Sullivan, B. (2014, October 4). To catch a predatory publisher [PLOS Blog]. Retrieved from http://blogs.plos.org/scicomm/2017/10/04/to-catch-a-predatory-publisher/

Think, Check, Submit [Research initiative]. (2017). Retrieved from http://thinkchecksubmit.org/think/

Vogel, L. (2017). Researchers may be part of the problem in predatory publishing. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 189(42), E1324-E1325. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.109-5507

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Disclaimer

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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