Ways to Spot Predatory Journals

In the crowded space of scholarly publishing, distinguishing legitimate journals from predatory journals can be difficult. One suggestion is to use the Think, Check, Submit method  when considering submission to an unfamiliar journal. Another resource, although it is no longer being updated, is the archived list of predatory journals compiled by librarian Jeffrey Beall.posts-2939379_960_720

Papers published in the journal Headache  and in the Journal of Postgraduate Medicine  identify the following factors that commonly indicate that a journal may belong on the predatory list:

1. Email solicitations for articles (often from Gmail or Yahoo accounts) that are aggressive, persuasive, and vague in language; seem to invite an unspecific range of scientific articles; and often include invitations to join the journal’s editorial board
2. Journal title names that have “Global,” “International,” “Universal,” “Asian,” “American,” or “European” in them
3. Spelling and grammar errors in the email and on the website, as well as low-resolution graphics
4. Manuscript submission via email instead of one of the well-known scholarly submission systems
5. Lower open access submission fees compared to reputable journals

Because articles published in predatory journals often do not undergo peer review prior to publication, the impact on the scholarly literature can be significant. In contrast, the Ochsner Journal commits to a rigorous peer review process, we do not charge for submissions, and we take very seriously our responsibility to maintain the integrity of our contributions to scholarly publishing.

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