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Selecting a Journal for Publication: Predatory Publishing

This guide provides some recommendations and criteria for selecting a journal for publication; introduces with Open Access and Predatory Publishing.

Tip to Avoid Predatory Publishing

With Open Access movement predatory publishers activated their services widely by inviting authors to publish their articles in Open Access fake/hijack journals where an author should pay. 

  1. Availability of website; who is an owner, check via http://whois.net/
  2. Can you find information about a publisher?
  3. Check editorial board
  4. Does a publisher keeps on sending spam or did you notice an intrusive marketing?
  5. Can you find guidelines for authors?
  6. Can you find information on copyright and peer-review process? 
  7. Availability of author's fee
  8. Does a journal have an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number)? Check ISSN in ROAD*
  9. Can you see a physical address? Check via Google Maps
  10. Is a journal indexed in DOAJ, Scopus or Web of Science?
  11. Does the publisher have a membership in Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)? International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM)? Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)Council of Science Editors (CSE)? European Association of Science Editors (EASE)? World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)?

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