Predatory journals, predatory publishers and -conferences

Many predatory publishers establish false Open Access-journals, so-called predatory journals or pirate journals. We have lately seen that hoax scientific conferences exist as well. The journals, publishers or the conferences operating falsely do not comply with regular requirements of scientific quality control, such as peer-review for their journals. How do we avoid being deceived?

Journals and publishers

  • Make a note of DBH's register – the journals and publishers in this register has been assured by commettees from each topic area.
  • Check out Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – the journals in DOAJ have been validated by the members of the editorial members of DOAJ.
  • Ask colleagues and your international and national network if they have published in the journal in question, or heard about it, and if the journal/ publisher has valid editorial members.
  • Check out other publishing in the journal by using known databases like E.g. Scopus and Web of Science.
  • See Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) web page Think Check Submit for more information about how to avoid predatory journals. The members of OASPA are valid within Open Access publishing.
  • Be a sceptic with all the offers you receive from different publishers and journals offering fast track to publishing!
  • Do a search in Google – for the journal and the word «predatory». Usually you can find that other researchers have shared their experiences.


Disreputable conferences

  • Talk to colleagues and national/ international network if someone has heard of and has plans to participate at the conference.
  • Check the web page  Think Check Submit to obtain more information about how to disclose false/fraudulent conferences.
  • The unserious event organisers will be actively contacting researchers with offers of interesting conferences and publicising the dissemination.
  • Do a search in google - for the conference name, event organiser name etc. Usually you may find that earlier participants have shared their experiences with the conference.

Check out and read (in Norwegian) «Ti tips for å unngå røvertidsskriftene» , a useful article on the Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees!

Should you be in the least of doubt about a journal or publisher you may contact us who work with this in the Brage group:

Published 13. February 2020 - 15:46 - Updated 13. February 2020 - 15:46