[From Queensborough Community College Library]
More checklists, indicators and rubrics to use in your evaluation:
Red flags that may indicate a "predatory journal"
► Email invitation to submit, especially after presenting at a conference
► Advertises extremely fast time to publication
► No information or inaccurate information about editors and editorial board
► Contact only through online form, no direct email or street address
► "Indexed" only in search engines, rather than curated resources like subscription databases or Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
► Published articles don't adhere to stated scope of journal or scope is so broad as to include most topics
There are reputable journal and book publishers that are completely open or have open access options. But there are others that you should avoid. Choose carefully. Think before submitting your manuscript to an unfamiliar journal or book publisher - - publishing in a predatory journals or books may damage your reputation.
Beall's List of "potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers": Beall is a librarian at the University of Colorado who closely monitored the seedy side of open access publishing.
From the original site:
"This is a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. We recommend that scholars read the available reviews, assessments and descriptions provided here, and then decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards. The criteria for determining predatory publishers are here.
We hope that tenure and promotion committees can also decide for themselves how importantly or not to rate articles published in these journals in the context of their own institutional standards and/or geocultural locus. We emphasize that journal publishers and journals change in their business and editorial practices over time. This list is kept up-to-date to the best extent possible but may not reflect sudden, unreported, or unknown enhancements."
Berger, Monica. "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Predatory Publishing but Were Afraid to Ask", 2017 . In ACRL 2017, Baltimore, Maryland, March 22 - 25, 2017. [Conference paper]
Berger, Monica, and Jill Cirasella. “Beyond Beall’s List: Better Understanding Predatory Publishers.” College & Research Libraries News 76.3 (2015): 132-135.
Nelson, Nerissa and Jennifer Huffman. "Predatory Journals in Library Databases: How Much Should We Worry?." Serials Librarian, vol. 69, no. 2, Aug-Sep2015, pp. 169-192. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/0361526X.2015.1080782.