The movement towards open access publishing brings significant advantages to readers who can freely access content at no cost from anywhere and to authors who have their work more widely disseminated. However, authors should beware of predatory publishers that set up open access journals in order to collect article processing charges without any concern for the quality of product they provide.
Tips on how to avoid predatory journals
- Make sure the journal has an established presence: Some predatory publishers collect for new journals that fail to materialize, or disappear after a short existence.
- Check the reputation: Predatory publishers often adopt journal names and URLs that are similar to those of well-known journals.
- If in doubt, fact check: Well-known researchers may be listed as editors without their knowledge. Email them to ask if their connection is valid.
- Sample already published articles: In some cases it may be difficult to pinpoint any wrongdoing by the “publisher,” but standards of quality control are not strictly upheld. Read content that has previously been published and see if the editing is well done.
- Only publish in well-recognized open access journals — These include jouranls belonging to reputable publishers like ARVO, whose editors and staff strive to maintain high standards of operational ethics and article quality.