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?
- "Open Access och tveksamma förlag" by Pieta Eklund, University of Borås.
- The poster "Predatory vs. Legitimate Journals: Can you tell the difference?", which also identifies a number of characteristics for dubious journals.
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):
For questions about dubious publishers, please contact:
publicera [at] lub [dot] lu [dot] se.
We are also happy for suggestions of publishers not yet included in the list.