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How to identify predatory journal publisher

Ryan Miller from ​IFPRI Library summarized techniques on how to identify a predatory publisher. Here are the findings that can help you identify a predatory publisher.

Predatory Publishing Overview

Sometimes called low-quality publishers, these companies use a variety of means to persuade or extort authors to publish with their titles

Indicators of a Predatory Publisher and ways to Check

  • Lures you in with a very good sounding offer
    • Compare to offers from established publishers
    • Look for grammar errors or other problems with language
  • Journal title sounds very respectable
    • Check known titles from Web of Science and check ISSN
  • Uses address in prominent city
    • Look at Google maps to see what the building looks like for the address.
    • If Google street view shows a construction site or a residential building, it’s suspicious
  • Editorial board claims prominent university affiliation
    • Check if those same universities have them listed as staff
    • Check the ORCiD of the board member if available

Resources Outside CGIAR

  • Center for Open Science definition: “Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.”

Related Information
Citation rates for predatory published articles is very low, according to Nature (Nature News January 13, 2020 The study examined hundreds of articles, only to find a citation rate of zero in 60% of them. This also suggests that there is very little impact of these low-quality journal on science and very little reason for CGIAR authors to publish in them.

Resources Inside CGIAR
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