Characteristics of predatory journals & publishers:
Some ‘predatory or deceptive publishers’ have taken the development of the open access author-pays academic publishing model, as an opportunity to make money.
Predatory or deceptive publishers are known to:
It is important to avoid publishing with publishers who display unethical practices. These Publishers often claim that your work will be peer reviewed. Sometimes their web pages also display fictitious impact factors.
These publishers' motivation is to profit from the fee you pay for publication.
The publisher could potentially own the article's copyright under the laws of the country in which the publisher resides.
You can damage your reputation when publishing with predatory publishers. Your work is unlikely to be indexed or accessible in major databases.
This template might be used to send to the predatory journal publisher if you realise that your manuscript has mistakenly been submitted to a predatory publisher. There is no guarantee that the withdrawal of the manuscript will be successful.
Before submitting to any journal, you should check:
More information is available from ‘Think, Check, Submit’
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