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Selecting a Quality Journal: Predatory Journals

What is a predatory journal?

“Publishers that exists for the sole purpose of profit, not the dissemination of high quality research findings and furtherance of knowledge” (Berger & Cirasella, 2015)
 
“Unethical pay-to-publish journals that masquerade as serious, legitimate scholarly periodicals but in reality are mostly financial scams” (McLeod et al, 2016)

Resources

A Blacklist is a list of journals, publishers, companies or entities that are regarded as unacceptable or untrustworthy and to be avoided or distrustedA black list seeks out information about journals and publishers that are engaging in deceptive and fraudulent practices. The purpose of a low quality journal or predatory blacklist is to identify journal scam operations, in order to alert potential authors about unscrupulous and unethical publishing operations.

List name

List compiled by

Date

No of Journals

Blacklists in the public domain

Beall’s list

Individual

January 2017

1294

DOAJ delisted journals

Organization

May 2019

3229

Scopus discontinued sources

Organization

January 2019

562

India UGC list

Country

2018

4305

Malaysia list

Country

April 2015

108

Iranian list

Country

February 2019

2180

Subscription based blacklists

Cabells

Subscription based

February 2019

11 597

Cabells journals & publishers under blacklist review

Subscription based

2019

1058

 

A Whitelist is a list of journals, publishers, companies or entities that are considered to be acceptable or trustworthy

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Cabell's Journal Blacklist

The Cabell’s International Blacklist covers approximately 12000 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 Blacklist is not limited to open access journals, as it includes journals published by the large publishing companies.

Cabell’s blacklist criteria can be viewed at::

http://www2.cabells.com/blacklist-criteria

 

References:

Anderson, R. (2019). Cabell’s Predatory Journal Blacklist: An Updated Review. The Scholarly Kitchen. Retrieved from https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2019/05/01/cabells-predatory-journal-blacklist-an-updated-review/

Bisaccio, M. (2018). Cabells’ Journal Whitelist and Blacklist: Intelligent data for informed journal evaluations. Learned Publishing, (March). http://doi.org/10.1002/leap.1164

Hoffecker, L. (2018). Resource review. Cabells Scholarly Analytics. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 106(2), 270–272. http://doi.org/dx.doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2017.120

Strielkowski, W. (2018). Predatory Publishing: What Are the Alternatives to Beall’s List? The American Journal of Medicine, 131(4), 333–334. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.10.054