What are predatory journals?


Predatory journals – also called counterfeit, fraudulent, deceptive, or pseudo-journals – are publications that exploit the open access model for scholarly publications by pretending to be scholarly in nature to trick authors into paying to publish with them. These publications are profiting from research, without providing the robust peer-review or editorial services of legitimate publications, threatening the legitimacy of both researchers and scientific research.

To learn more about predatory journals, and how to avoid them, check out our 30-minute module on Moodle.


  • Last Updated Feb 08, 2023
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