As you explore opportunities for publishing and presenting at conferences you may come across predators who prey on individuals with a variety of money-making ventures. They may take the form of publishers, journals, or conference organizers. It's essential that you have confidence in the quality and integrity of the resources that publish or host your research.
The resources below serve as checklists and checkpoints you can utilize to determine the integrity of journals and conferences. Keep in mind that they may not be comprehensive and you may find that you need to use more than one.
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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.
Questions to ask yourself:
Credit: The listing of Open Access Journal Quality Indicators was developed by the Grand Valley State University Libraries, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.