The academic atmosphere where faculty are expected to "publish or perish," combined with how easy it is to create a website and publish materials, has created a situation ripe for the exploitation of academic authors. Predatory publishers offer faculty a chance to publish, but these publishers are not members of the scholarly community. A predatory publisher is an opportunistic publishing venue that exploits the need to publish but offers little scholarly review or reward for those using their services.
Although the motivations and methods vary, predatory publishers often share some common characteristics:
Some of these publishers are predatory on purpose; others simply by mistake.
It can be difficult to decide if a publisher is predatory. These businesses are successful because they can mimic legitimate publications.
However, there are things you can check to see if a publisher is predatory.
Check the journal against a list of reputable or predatory journals
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