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The University of Arizona

Predatory Publishers

A Guide for COM-P

What is a Predatory Publisher?

What is a Predatory Publisher and Why You Should Avoid Them:

  • Predatory publishers are publishers that exploit authors by charging publication fees and failing to provide quality editorial and publishing services
  • These publishers often exploit authors who are new to the world of publishing and are under pressure to publish quickly for the purposes of promotion or tenure
  • Your work may be subject to second rate peer review
  • Your work may disappear if a journal goes out of business
  • Predatory journals often have little reach, lowering the impact of your work
  • The journal’s bad practices and reputation may spread to you, your work, and your institution

Markers of Journal Quality

Image courtesy of Canadore College Library.

Resources for Identifying Predatory Journals