Something to watch out for if you are interested in publishing your work or attending a conference, or while evaluating the scholarly sources cited by your students:

University Affairs recently published an article entitled Beware! Academics are getting reeled in by scam journals. As the article explains,

“Predatory and mediocre journals are based on the model of open access publishing in which authors pay fees to have their work published online. However, unlike legitimate journals, they bombard academics with spam emails, accept almost all submissions and overstate the rigour of their peer-review processes. They also often conveniently neglect to mention publication fees until late in the process.”

For those concerned about the validity of a particular journal, the piece also includes a useful checklist at the bottom on “How to identify mediocre or predatory academic journals and publishers.”

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