Understanding Predatory Publishers

Sep 14, 2016 · Megan O'Donnell

Many of you receive solicitation emails from publishers on a daily basis. It can be tricky to pick out the legitimate, well-intentioned publishers from those on phishing trips looking to turn a quick profit. To help with this process a new Library Guide Understanding Predatory Publishers was recently published.

In the end, each author needs to decide for themselves what they expect from their publisher. This means doing some due diligence investigation before sending in work. Our new guide provides some tips and sample questions to ask to help with this process.

The guide works in tandem with the guide on Journal Evaluation Tools which provides resources on how to locate various data and ranking information on journals (such as Journal Impact Factors, publishing frequency, and acceptance rates) as this information can also influence decisions on where to publish your work.

For help using these tools or additional guidance, consider reaching out to your subject librarian.