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Research Support for Staff and Students

Ways to check for predatory publishers or journals

Do your colleagues know the journal?

  • Speak to your colleagues, Academic Librarian or Research Services about any journal you're unsure about

Is the publisher easily contactable?

  • The publisher should have clear, professional contact details including a business and email address

Is the peer review and editorial process clear?

  • Peer review is crucial for maintaining the quality of journal publications. If the process is unclear or absent, this is warning sign
  • Do you recognise the editorial board? Do they belong to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)?

See if you can find the journal within the Library's subscriptions

Fees and Payments

  • You should not have to pay upfront fees when you submit your manuscript to a publisher
  • Is there an Article Processing Charge (APC) to pay if the article is accepted for publication? Many legitimate publishers/ journals do charge an APC, but please see our webpage first

Open Access (OA) journals

For more information see the Think. Check. Submit. website or contact us

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