What is predatory publishing?
Many researchers have had the experience of receiving an email soliciting the submission of their work to a journal. Some of these requests are from legitimate journals, perhaps those that are newly established or trying to increase their impact score and are thus soliciting high quality work. Others are from what we call "predatory publishers". These are publications that charge and make money from authors' fees, but are known to be disreputable, not engage in peer review, and are not accepted by the field.
What happens if I submit my work to a predatory journal?
Your work will be published. It is just not going to be easily found by other researchers, hindering its reach, and will be considered less reputable if published in a known predatory journal. Most publications will not accept an article that was previously accepted by a predatory journal.
If you receive an email soliciting an article for publication or are considering a journal with which you are unfamiliar, here are some things to consider:
In addition to contact about publishing your work, researchers should also carefully vet requests to:
Researchers should investigate these types of requests using the same tips above.