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The Volkskrant recently published an article exposing fraudulent publishers who deceptively offer open access publishing. These publishers charge open access fees without offering the editorial services or peer reviews.

This type of fraud is more commonly known as ‘predatory open access’. You can recognize these types of publishers by their aggressive marketing strategies and spam emails.

What can you do to verify whether a publisher is reliable?

  • Can the journal’s articles be found in a reliable database (Web of Science, Scopus, etc), in the Directory of Open Access Journals, or in a specialised database for your field?
  • Is the publisher forthcoming about their peer review process and their open access fees?
  • Is the publisher affiliated with OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association)? These publishers have agreed to a code of conduct that guarantees the quality of the journals.
  • Think. Check. Submit. While this website does not offer lists they do help researchers identify journals of quality.
  • Ten tips to recognize fraudulent journals (and conferences).
  • See the tips at RUG

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