What are Predatory Publishers?
According to Berger & Cirasella (2015), predatory journals are open access [or print] "journals that exist for the sole purpose of profit, not the dissemination of high-quality research findings and furtherance of knowledge. These predators generate profits by charging author fees, also known as article processing charges (APCs), that far exceed the cost of running their low-quality, fly-by-night operations."
Where do I find a list of legitimate or predatory publishers?
Cabell's Directories is considered the authority for predatory journals since Jeffrey Beall's blog is no longer available . Look for journal comparisons, impact metrics, and the "White List" which is coming soon.
Ulrich’sWeb Global Serials Directory lists over 300,000 journals that are daily overseen by a team of editors to maintain the knowledgebase to keep title information accurate and to educate publishers and providers. Each journal shows whether it is peer-reviewed, refereed, or an academic/scholarly journal.
EBSCO's Serials Directory verifies that all publishers, journals, and additional content types are legitimate. Predatory publishing is an area that EBSCO always looks into seriously before including new publishers.
Worldcat.org lists how many libraries own a journal
Can I trust that the journals indexed in the library's databases are legitimate?
What about open access journal? Are they all bad?
Berger, M., & Cirasella, J. (2015). Beyond Beall's list. College & Research Libraries News, 76(3), 132-135. Available from http://clrn.acrl.org
What do I need to look for?
Kent Anderson outlines common problems among predatory journals (York University Libraries. Open Access Publishing Toolkit):
Check List: Ask yourself...
a) Can you contact the publisher by telephone, e-mail and post?
b) Aims, scope, and expected readership of the journal are clearly specified on the journal website
c) Criteria used by reviewers to rate submissions and types of submissions posted
d) The website indicates whether all submissions are sent out for review and who will make final decisions about them
e) The website provides targeted duration of the peer-review process
f) Authors will be updated concerning the status of submissions (e.g., under review)
g) Journal discloses the past (yearly) number of submissions, publications, and rejection rates
h) Journal's website highlights issues of publication ethics, copyright, conflicts of interest, and publication fees
York University Libraries. (2015), Open Access Publishing Toolkit. Available from http://researchguides.library.yorku.ca/content.php?pid=258206&sid=2131076