What is a Predatory Journal?
Predatory journals exploit the Open Access publishing model to mislead authors to publish with them. Common traits of predatory publishing include a lack of transparency, deception, and dishonesty. Publishers of predatory journals will accept almost any article that they are paid to publish, and these published articles are not subject to adequate peer or editorial review as they would be at a legitimate scholarly journal; some journals have no peer-review practices at all.
Predatory publishers are sometimes called "deceptive publishers" or "suspicious publishers." "Predatory" implies that the blame is all on the publishers, though some authors publish with journals like these in full knowledge that they do not apply rigorous peer review. This guide will help you evaluate whether or not a journal is predatory.
Tell-Tale Signs of Predatory Journals:
From Shamseer, L., Moher, D., Maduekwe, O., Turner, L., Barbour, V., Burch, R., ... & Shea, B. J. (2017). Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison. BMC Medicine,15(1), 28.