I received an invitation to submit an article to an open access publisher, but I’m not sure if it’s a predatory publisher. How can I tell?

Predatory or deceptive publishers are those that misuse the open-access model of publishing. A formal list of deceptive publishers does not exist, and the fluid nature of these publishers makes the use of checklists problematic to evaluate them.

However, the Libraries recommend appraising a journal’s editorial board, professional affiliations, professionalism of site or publication, frequency of publication, and other characteristics.

For more information, visit the Deceptive or Predatory Publishers Guide or email

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Answered by Lawrence Mello
last updated: Jul 24, 2023