What are “predatory journals”?
“There is no universally agreed definition of a predatory journal or publisher. However, organizations like the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) define global publication ethics standards — predatory journals do not meet those standards.” -- Karen Holland, Prof. Peter Brimblecombe, Dr. Wim Meester and Susanne Steiginga,
The importance of high-quality content: curation and reevaluation in Scopus
Why is it important to identify them?
 Beall (2012). Nature, 489(7415), 179
This guide was created to help answer the following questions, upon receiving an invitation from a publisher:
Jeffrey Beall's numbers of predatory publishers from 2011 to 2016 show a dramatic increase.
Ayeni, P. O., & Adetoro, N. (2017). Growth of predatory open access journals: implication for quality assurance in library and information science research. Library Hi Tech News, 34(1), 17–22. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-10-2016-0046
Chapter from the book: Babor, T et al. 2017. Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed.
Focusing on Value — 102 Things Journal Publishers Do (2018 Update) by Kenneth Anderson
Blog post by Kent Anderson (revised several times) with a list to show how publishers add value.
16 principles of transparency from the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.
(Source: Medical Library Association, 2018)
Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access Publishers (Infographics from the University of West Indies)
Flattering email to invite you to submit an article or serve on the editorial board of a "scholarly" journal
Website with information on the journal, editorial board, and publisher
Metrics and indexing
Article processing and peer review
(Source: University of Manitoba Libraries, 2021)
See document below for more, including examples.
Collected from letters received by researchers at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies (2007 to 2017)
Developed by ASCE, Elsevier, IEEE and the IET, these guidelines aim to help maintain "an equitable balance of the interests of all participants in ensuring high quality, scholarly conference proceedings content."
A list of questionable companies claiming to provide valid scholarly metrics at the researcher, article, or journal level.
Think. Check. Attend is an initiative that aims to guide and assist researchers and scholars to judge the legitimacy and academic credentials of conferences in order to help them decide whether to attend.
Rutgers University Library. (2021). Predatory Publishing: Getting Start(l)ed?. https://libguides.rutgers.edu/predatory/Start