Predatory publishing: the downside of open access

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research news

18 September 2015

Edward Randviir, a member of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), recently wrote an interesting cautionary piece for the MMU Research and Knowledge Exchange Blog.

Although we encourage you to read the full text, we've included his suggestions on how to identify predatory open access publishers below.

  • Predatory OA publishers offer OA publishing for huge nominal fees that are often undisclosed when they invite academics to write for them, often without providing proper editorial and publishing services. This means that final versions appearing online are incorrect, not proofed properly, and in the majority of cases not even peer reviewed. This also extends to conference proceedings.
  • How to tell if a publisher is predatory:
    • Their emails are generally dubious and often look like spam
    • If an invite has come out of the blue, check online if they are a predatory publisher by accessing Beall’s List, which is essentially a blacklist of predatory publishers compiled by American librarian and researcher, Jeffrey Beall.

If you have any questions about the above or would like to learn more about ARU's Open Access policies, please access our internal Open Access webpage or reach out to the ARU Research Services Team.


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