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How to Avoid Predatory Publishers and Conferences

What You Can Do

  • Be aware of the publication landscape in your research area and the most reputable journals
  • Research the publisher credentials thoroughly using the checklists provided in this guide
  • Talk to your supervisor and colleagues
  • Consult the Directory of Open Access Journals ( ) for reputable journals
  • Resist too-good-to-be-true-offers.  Trust your instincts!  If something smells fishy it probably is, as they say!
  • Consult the Subject Librarian for your discipline
  • Contact an Open Scholarship Services specialist at