Predatory publishing or deceptive publishing "is an exploitative academic publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without checking articles for quality and legitimacy, and without providing editorial and publishing services that legitimate academic journals provide, whether open access or not." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predatory_publishing)
It is important to note that if a publisher asks an author to pay a publication fee, often referred to as an Article Processing Charge (APC), it does not make the journal predatory or deceptive by default. Utilizing APCs can be a legitimate business model to aid both open access and traditional journals in off-setting publishing and editorial charges that the journal would traditionally get by charging a subscription fee to readers.
While predatory or deceptive publishing is often associated with journal publishing, other publishing outlets such as book and book chapter publishing and even conferences may be impacted by this type of publishing.
Though not comprehensive, the following is a list of characteristics that may be associated with a predatory or deceptive publisher.
Question to consider when identifying predatory publishers.
Asking these types of questions will help aid you in assessing whether a publisher or journal is a suitable venue for your research.
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