Directory of Open Access Journals
Open Access and Predatory Journals
An unfortunate consequence of the Open Access movement is the wave of "Predatory" publishers. Taking advantage of the ease of putting up a web site, scholars' need to "get published," and the fee-for-publication model, these unscrupulous publishers pose as legitimate academic, scientific repositories of scholarly works. Closer inspection finds mere Post Office boxes as offices, minimal contact information, editors lacking verifiable credentials, thin submission guidelines, overly broad disciplinary focus, and hefty fees for publication.
Charging for publication of articles is not a new practice, nor is it a single indictor that a journal is predatory. Legitimate OA journals often charge publication fees, but scholars should familiarize themselves with criteria that will help them evaluate a journal before submitting a manuscript. Librarians can assist faculty in obtaining information about how to identify legitimate and predatory OA journals.