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National Research Foundation (South Africa) - Statement on Predatory Publishers
What are Predatory Journals?
Predatory open-access publishing is an exploitative open-access academic publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not).
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predatory_open_access_publishing, accessed on 08/05/2018)
How do I Identify a Predatory Journal?
The Department of Higher Education and Training have already compiled a list of Accredited Journals for your convenience:
If a journal does not appear in this list, check the link below on how to identify a predatory journal:
- Invitation to publish via overly flattering e-mails
- Deception/hijacking – they use the same title as a well-known existing journal
- Broad journal title – includes subject fields not normally grouped together
- Charge exuberant author fees – more than $5,000.
- High acceptance rate – more than 50%
- Rapid publication – little or no peer-review
- Authors are not required to rework material – publish without changes
- No ISSN or DOI (digital object identifier)
- Editorial board members
- no affiliation, experience or contact detail
- Gmail or yahoo e-mail addresses (not academic)
- do these people know they are on the Board?
- Fake websites
- do not exist
- poorly maintained
- spelling mistakes
- dead links
- Proof of peer review
- Indexed by typical databases in the field
- Journal claims to have an impact factor – but no way of confirming this
- Trust your professional judgment
If something feels wrong, it probably is!