Predatory journals

Predatory journals are journals without peer-review that have titles that are deceptively similar to those of existing, highly estimated journals published by e.g. Elsevier or Springer. 

The lack of peer-review, impact factors and transparency are typical features of predatory journals and these enable you to discover if a journal you are considering publishing in is a serious one or a predatory one.

PilRead more on the consequenses of predatory journals for researchers and for DTU.

Below you will find a list of points to consider as well as some tools you can use to validate a journal you are considering publishing in.

Journals and publishers engaging in any of the following behaviors could possibly be predatory:

  1. Charging exorbitant rates for publication of articles in conjuction with a lack of peer-review or editorial oversight.
  2. Notifying authors of fees only after acceptance.
  3. Targeting scholars through mass-email spamming in attempts to get them to publish or serve on editorial boards.
  4. Quick acceptance of low-quality papers, including hoax papers.
  5. Listing scholars as members of editorial boards without their permission or not allowing them to resign.
  6. Listing fake scholars as members of editorial boards or authors.
  7. Copying the visual design and language of the marketing materials and websites of legitimate, established journals.
  8. Fraudulent or improper use of ISSNs.
  9. Giving false information about the location of the publishing operation.
  10. Fake, non-existent, or mis-represented impact factors.



DTU Library has a number of tools and resources available, which can be used for validating a journal:

PilCabell's List

PilDirectory of Open Access Journals

PilOpen Access Scholarly Publishers Association 

PilCommittee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Member List

PilInternational Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM)

PilWeb of Science

PilJournal Citation Report (ISI Impact Factor)


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