Predatory / Blacklisted Journals & Publishers

The process of doing a research from thinking of ideas to publish a scholarly article is not an easy task. Therefore, please ensure that you choose the right journal to publish your article! or otherwise you may find yourself trap with publishing in predatory journals.

According to Grand Valley State University Libraries, indicators of predatory/blacklisted journals publishers are as follow:

  • Journal web site is difficult to locate or identify
  • Publisher “About” information is absent on the journal’s web site
  • Publisher direct marketing (i.e., spamming) or other advertising is obtrusive
  • Instructions to authors information is not available
  • Information on peer review and copyright is absent or unclear on the journal web site
  • Journal scope statement is absent or extremely vague
  • No information is provided about the publisher, or the information provided does not clearly indicate a relationship to a mission to disseminate research content
  • Repeat lead authors in same issue
  • Publisher has a negative reputation (e.g., documented examples in Chronicle of Higher Education, list-servs, etc.)

Here are few useful guides regarding this issue on predatory journals:

  1. Tips and tools to spot predatory journal publishers
  2. Check out Open Access Journal Quality Indicators
  3. Retraction Watch – A blog that reports on retractions of scientific papers
  4. Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers
  5. Beall’s List of Predatory Journals
  6. Scopus Discontinued List of Journals
  7. WoS / JCR Suppression List of Journals