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Selecting a Quality Journal: Predatory Journals

What is a predatory journal?

“Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate practices.”

Consensus definition (Grudniewicz, Moher, Cobey, et al, 2019)

Cabell's Predatory Reports

The Cabell’s Predatory Reports covers approximately 16000 titles, significantly expanding the resources offered to scholars to manage the predatory journal threat. Cabell’s identifies questionable journals based on 65 behavioural indicators. Cabell’s is not limited to open access journals, as it includes journals published by the large publishing companies.

Cabells' Predatory Journal Criteria

Cabell's Video:

Cabell's Video:



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Strielkowski, W. (2018). Predatory Publishing: What Are the Alternatives to Beall’s List? The American Journal of Medicine, 131(4), 333–334.