There are many methods to successfully evaluate the quality of a journal or publisher: pick one or two before making a decision to safely accept an invitation.
Aimed at the busy author, the following survey uses only 12 questions, based on the well-established criteria for determining predatory open-access publishers by Jeffrey Beall and our own experience at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Library since 2008.
You have received an email inviting you to
STEP 1 Be alert
STEP 2 Read between the lines
STEP 3 Check out the sender
STEP 4 Consider it predatory until proven otherwise
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