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Publishing and Scholarly Communication

What is a deceptive journal?

Not all open-access journals are "predatory"!  Some very reputable journals do require author's fees for publishing within open-access journals.  Here's a short list of qualities that define a "predatory" journal, according to Berger and Cirasella (2015):

  • Editors or editorial board members with no or fake academic affiliations
  • Lack of clarity about publishing fees
  • Publisher names and journal titles with geographic terms that are unrelated to the publisher’s physical location or journal’s geographic scope
  • Bogus impact factor claims and invented metrics
  • False claims about where the journal is indexed

Berger, M., & Cirasella, J. (2015). Beyond Beall’s list: Better understanding predatory publishers. College & Research Libraries News, 76(3), 132–135. Retrieved from

Whitelist: seeks to include sites which are confirmed to be trustworthy.

Blacklist: seeks to list sites known or highly suspected to be untrustworthy.

"Blacklists and whitelists share the same problem in that they attempt to externalize an evaluation process that is best internal, contextual, and iterative".

-Shea Swauger (2017) from Open access, power, and privilege. -