Beware of Predatory Journals

At lunch with a bunch of academics the other day, I heard about a very startling idea relating to publications. In the academia, publications are a very important and essential part of the academic life. People work really hard to create a journal or conference paper. At the beginning and in the end, he or she is working to build a name, a legacy. The name and legacy being built must be an authentic name, by showcasing a lot of hard work and effort.

The problem is, there is a rise to predatory journals. Predatory journals, who are out there to make money. One of my colleagues had mentioned that after a lot of hard work, she submitted a paper to a journal. She got a letter back from the journal (after waiting of course), stating how great of a job she did. They offered to publish the paper for $800. The sad part is, the editor of that journal was a very esteemed editor. However, after checking with the VT Library, she was told that it would be better *not* to publish the paper there. This was when she was introduced to the idea of predatory journals.

The sad part is, a lot of time, effort, and money is invested in the paper that’s submitted to a predatory journal. Just waiting until you hear a yes or no response takes time, and isn’t too great.

According to this reference, the problem is becoming a lot worst now. The numbers of predatory publishers and journals are exponentially rising. They are calling themselves open source journals, but however, they are indeed predatory. There is a long list of predatory journals, and other useful information at the bottom of the first link useful for the academic aspiring to publish. Just thought it would be good to share.