Guidelines on how to spot and avoid predatory publications.
Hundreds of new open access journals are being set up by reputable publishers, scholarly societies and universities each year. It has been noted that alongside these reputable journals, a small number of pay-to-publish vanity journals are appearing. Some academic authors are being duped by submitting their research outputs to be published in these vanity journals that do not have proper quality control or peer review processes.
Publishing in a sub-standard vanity journal has the following risks:
Think. Check. Submit. is a new campaign led by representatives from organisations across the publishing industry: ALPSP, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), INASP, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), ISSN, LIBER, OASPA, UKSG and individual publishers. The aim of the campaign is to help researchers understand their options, and key criteria they can check before making an informed decision about where to submit.
It has come to our attention that some unreputable journals are listing UK academics names as being on their Editorial Boards without prior permission or contact. The University considers this fraudulent misrepresentation to be a very serious matter as it has the potential to damage the reputation of our staff and organisation. If you are affected by this scam, or have concerns please contact the Scholarly Communications Team who can offer advice on how to resolve the matter.
If you are uncertain about any of the information on display here, or would like advice on a specific journal please contact one of our publications specialists who would be happy to help you.