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Predatory publishing is an exploitative academic publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals.
The criteria for determining predatory publishers. Written by Jeffrey Beall, librarian at Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver. This document is an archived version and was last updated on 1/1/15.
Note of Caution
The Zucker School of Medicine/Northwell Health librarians conduct literature searches using reputable online databases, yet increasingly, a very small percentage of articles from predatory journals may appear via search results in databases such as PubMed and Scopus. PubMed and other databases index quality journals that pass a standardized review process. However, citations from PubMed Central (PMC), PubMed’s collection of free or open access journals, are also discoverable in results using PubMed. A small number of these search results may come from journals that could be considered “predatory.”