Dubious OA publishers
General considerations before submitting an article to an unfamiliar journal:
- Are previously published articles written by prestigious authors and/or from prestigious departments in the field?
- Who are the members of the editorial board?
- Is the contact information sufficient?
- Are the terms and conditions in the License to publish reasonable?
A detailed guide on how to assess journals is “Open Access and predatory publishers: A Guide to Reviewing Open Access Journals” by Pieta Eklund, University of Borås.
The following is a poster from a study that identifies some characteristics common for dubious publishers: Predatory vs. Legitimate Journals: Can you tell the difference?.
Academic Journals engage in an aggressive campaign that could be characterised as spamming in order to capture authors. Their website also lacks sufficient contact information, they demand that the copyright ownership be transferred from author to publisher and have few articles published in their journals.
See: Sanderson, K. (2010). "Two new journals copy the old". Nature 463: 148.
A monograph publisher (not OA)
LAP contacts recently graduated doctoral students and students of master’s programmes and offers to publish their doctoral theses in book form. This offer is of dubious benefit to the authors.
Some links concerning LAP/VDM (thanks to Maria Kinger, Chalmers, for gathering them):
publicera [at] lub.lu.se.
If you happen to come across publishers who seem slightly dubious and who are not included on the list, please do not hesitate to contact us.