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What are Non-Reputable Journals?

Non-reputable journals (sometimes called "predatory journals") are journals that may use an open access publishing model, but lack peer review processes, verified editorial boards, and/or charge exorbitant APCs (article processing charges) without any meaningful rationale.

In 2008, librarian Jeffrey Beall began publishing a list of predatory open-access publishers. Beall wanted to name publishers who take advantage of the move towards open access and who use unscrupulous methods to obtain scholarly articles for their publications. Beall stopped publishing his list in early 2017, having experienced great pressure from publishers he named and from some members of the scholarly publishing community because of the controversial views that he held. 

Since there is no definitive list of non-reputable journals, please utilize the evaluation checklist below when considering publishing opportunities, or contact Chris Straughn at to discuss specific journals. 

Guarding Against Non-Reputable Journals

Consider evaluating a journal's quality by asking yourself the following questions: 

  • Are there numerous spelling and grammatical errors on the journal's website? 
  • Is this clearly identifiable contact information for the journal?
  • Does the journal have an editorial board? If so, do you recognize any of the names?
  • Does the journal promise a speedy publication process? 
  • If the journal is an open access publication, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals?

Scholarly publishing is a constantly shifting terrain. If you're still unsure about whether or not a journal if reputable, contact your subject librarian.

Think. Check...

A coalition of organizations involved in scholarly communications has formed to support potential authors and protect them from predatory publishers. You can view their efforts at:

Predatory practices are not limited to journal publishing. Have you ever received unsolicited emails encouraging you to attend an unfamiliar conference? Also check out: