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Predatory Publishers

Received an email lately encouraging you to publish with a new exciting sounding journal?

Before you send your manuscript, take a few minutes to check up on that journal.

Predatory publishers exploit the open access author-pays business model for their own profit and conduct little or no peer review or editing work.

Be very cautious of publishers that appear out of nowhere and express interest in publishing your recently completed thesis or dissertation or conference presentation.

This guide aims to identify a number of factors to consider when choosing or evaluating a journal for publication.

"No single person or source is equipped to bear the responsibility of being the ultimate authority on what constitutes as a best (or poor) practice scholarly publishing outlet." - Dr Andy Pleffer & Susan Shrubb

Open Access

Open Access: the users’ rights consist of “a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose,” as well as “the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.”

Simply put, open access means that information is available free of charge; barrier free.

There are two broad categories of Open Access publishing.

Why does open access matter?

Public funding agencies such as Tri-Council in Canada and National Institutes of Health have implemented policies that require funded researcher to make their articles open access and fully usable by the public.