Coined by Jeffrey Beall, a former librarian at the Auraria Library, University of Denver, the term "predatory publishing" refers to a questionable business practice of charging fees to authors to publish their articles without standard editorial and publishing services provided by legitimate scholarly journals. For updates, please see the Wikipedia entries Predatory open access publishing and Predatory conferences.
This guide was created to help answer the following questions, upon receiving an invitation from a publisher:
When in doubt, feel free to reach out to your subject specialist librarian at Rutgers University Libraries.
Flattering email to invite you to submit an article or serve on the editorial board of a "scholarly" journal
Website with information on the journal, editorial board, and publisher
Metrics and indexing
Article processing and peer review
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