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Open Access: Predatory Journals and Conferences


Statement on Article Publishing Resulting from NIH Funding

The NIH now provides guidelines to help authors publish in reputable journals. The sources they suggest are also listed in the Finding Reliable OA Journals & Books box to the right. Other NIH posts have appeared about how librarians can help and that the changing publishing landscape requires more attention from authors

License for Johns Hopkins Content

This Libguide Page has been borrowed from the John's Hopkins Predatory Journals and Conferences page. Permission to use this content was granted by the author, Robin Sinn.

The Problem

Open Access journals with article processing charges (APCs) are an attempt to change the way scholarly journals work, allowing authors or their institutions to pay once the article had been peer reviewed and accepted. The move away from subscriptions would allow anyone in the world to freely read the scholarship presented.

This business model, linked with the ability to create professional-looking web pages cheaply, gave scammers an opportunity. They create a fake journal website, solicit articles from researchers via email, accept those articles immediately without any peer review, collect the APC, and post the article. Fake conferences also follow this model.

In 2018 the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists started publishing articles resulting from their investigation of predatory journals. Several of those articles are linked below.

Predatory/Fake Conferences

Fake conferences are another way for scammers to earn money from the academy's requirement to share scholarship in person.