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Is it a Trustworthy Journal?

Predatory journals take advantage of researchers, faculty, students, and other authors by luring them to publish in a questionable journal.  Some key characteristics of questionable journals are:

  • No editor listed, no review board listed, or insufficient number of board members.
  • Contact information for journal is unclear or does not give a real address or phone number.
  • Publishes a large set of unrelated journals.
  • Incomplete or missing information about publication and open access fees.
  • Solicits authors and reviewers via spam emails.
  • Little or no copyediting, proofreading, or peer review for articles.
  • Uses logos and other credible resources to imply credibility.
  • Steals legitimate journals’ identities and content.
  • Provides misleading or fake metrics.

More information:
Open Access Journal Quality Indicators