The Definition of a Predatory Journal
In an article published in Nature, a group of scholars and publishers from ten countries put forth the following definition of a predatory journal:
“Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.”
Features of Predatory Journals
The following are characteristics that many predatory journals have in common. This list was originally proposed by Jeffrey Beall and has since been modified by others. This iteration of the list has been taken from Stop Predatory Journals.
Below are resources that can be used to identify predatory journals to avoid, or quality journals that you can submit your work to. Always remember that Librarians can help you with this work. If you are in need of assistance, please Ask a Librarian.
A Note About Beall's List
Beall's list is widely regarded by many but is not without criticism. It doesn't mean the source is unreliable, but if you would like to know what the criticisms are please read the article published in Nature "Controversial website that lists 'predatory' publishers shuts down".