Look out for predatory publishers

Published on
October 30, 2012

A recent and notable phenomenon is the so-called “predatory publishers", who want to get their piece of the successful Open Access journals. Some OA journals are financed by author contributions that are charged when an article is accepted. PloS and BioMedCentral are examples of publishers that have successfully tested and applied this model. This year, PLoS ONE will publish more than 18 000 articles at a publishing cost of US$ 1350.00 per article.

Several dubious publishers are trying to exploit this model without delivering scientific quality. They are publishing articles without adequate peer review and are filling their journals' editorial boards with renowned names in the research field without the researcher's knowledge. In short, these predatory publishers are simply looking to make quick money by publishing scientific articles. Jeffrey Beall, librarian at the University of Colorado, is keeping a list of predatory publishers. If you receive aggressive emails from an unknown publisher to publish with them, check to see if they’re on Beall's list of predatory publishers.

(newsletter 2012-6)