There has been a proliferation of dodgy new journals and publishers who call themselves “Open Access” and who eagerly court academics to be editorial board members, to submit their articles and to attend and speak at conferences. These activities have led to concern over whether any Open Access publications can be trusted.

Some academics still submit to questionable journals. How can you prevent this happening to you? Three major tips are:

  1. If you haven’t heard of the journal check Beall’s list 
  2. Don’t believe the website of a journal: ask your colleagues and look at indicators of journal impact
  3. Don’t respond to unsolicited emails: choose the journals you wish to submit to.

Read more on the website of the Australasian Open Access Support Group:

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