Open Access publishing is not without faults. Some publishers that charge authors for submissions may use questionable publishing practices, such as slack or non-existent peer review, or only publishing for the sake of profit.
Note that there is no single criterion that indicates whether or not a publication is reputable. Rather, look for a cumulative effect of more positives or more negatives.
Credit: Largely adapted from Grand Valley State University Open Access Journal Quality Indicators
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If you've investigated publishing in an Open Access journal, you may have heard of predatory journals or publishers. These publishers, while certainly not exclusive to OA journals, tend to target authors seeking to publish in OA journals or may contact authors directly asking for manuscripts. They exist exclusively to gain profit. Frequently, these publishers do not initially mention any author fees, but may later ask for a publication fee under the guise of operating as a quality OA journal.
Closely examine the editor, staff, and publisher of the journal:
Per Thomson Reuters, the impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period. The annual Journal Citation Reports (JCR) impact factor is a ratio between citations and recent citable items published. Thus, the impact factor of a journal is calculated by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years.
|Calculation for journal impact factor.|
|A= total cites in 1992|
|B= 1992 cites to articles published in 1990-91 (this is a subset of A)|
|C= number of articles published in 1990-91|
|D= B/C = 1992 impact factor|