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Some publishers will charge you a fee but do not openly say so until after your paper is accepted. Such journals are almost always of poor quality, often do not even peer review, and frequently accept any paper submitted to them. Despite widespread publicity and embarrassment, this trend is not abating.
This workshop addressed the topic of predatory journals and suggested ways in which faculty and students can identify authentic and quality academic publishing venues for submission of their own research. Especially useful are three documents that you can access from the Handouts & Worksheets box in the lower right corner:
1: Workshop Hands-on Worksheet which is a checklist for evaluating journals
2: Evaluating Publication Quality Handout
3: Red Herrings Handout which is is a guide to understanding predatory journals
A writer for the prestigious Science magazine submitted a spoof paper to 304 open access journals. More than half of these journals, even ones not close to dealing with the subject of this spoof, accepted it.