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Predatory Journals and Publishers

A guide for the identification and evaluation of unsavory research

Think. Check. Submit.

Not sure where to begin evaluating potentially predatory publishing opportunities?

Think. Check. Submit. provides a framework and checklist to critically evaluate journals. You can find this tool at:

Cabell's Scholarly Analytics

Cabell's Scholarly Analytics is an evaluation source for open access journals. Journals featured on the Whitelist have passed Cabell's evaluation criteria, while those on the Blacklist have been flagged for predatory practices. Complete evaluation criteria for each journal, as well as publication metrics, are available for each title. 

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

Additional Resources for Identifying Reputable Publications

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

  • Online directory of high quality, peer reviewed open access journals

Open Access Scholarly Publisher's Association (OASPA)

  • Membership directory of rigorously vetted open access publishers

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

  • Membership directory of editors and journals involved in publication ethics and ethical best practices in publishing

Journals Online (INASP)

  • Organization that evaluates the quality of journals published worldwide, including Bangladesh, Latin America, Africa, and the Phillipines.

African Journals Online (AJOL)

  • Collection of peer-reviewed academic journals published in Africa