Contact

Edith Reschke
Head Library
e.reschkeAthzdr.de
Phone: +49 351 260 3364
Fax: +49 351 260 13364, +49 351 260 3399

Kerstin Henrion
Library
k.henrionAthzdr.de
Phone: +49 351 260 3147
Fax: +49 351 260 13147

Predatory Publishing - Beware of dubious publishers!

"Predatory journals" are journals that encourage researchers to publish with aggressive advertising, but do not provide any or wholly inadequate quality assurance measures and, in addition, collect publication fees on these business practices. Similar activities are beeing pursued by "Predatory Conference Organizers" who organize dubious conferences and invite researchers to participate in these events.

Checklist for verifying the trustworthiness and integrity of a scientific journal:

  • List of publishers publishers that could be dubious
  • List of journals that could be dubious
  • Zentrale Prüfkriterien der Initiative „Think Check Submit“ http://thinkchecksubmit.org
    • Do you or your colleagues know the journal?
      Have you read any articles in the journal before?
      Is it easy to discover the latest papers in the journal?
    • Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
      Is the publisher name clearly displayed on the journal website?
      Can you contact the publisher by telephone, email, and post?
    • Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
    • Are articles indexed in services that you use?
    • Is it clear what fees will be charged?
      Does the journal site explain what these fees are for and when they will be
      charged?
    • Do you recognise the editorial board?
      Have you heard of the editorial board members?
      Do the editorial board mention the journal on their own websites?
    • Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
      Do they belong to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)?“
      If the journal is open access, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)?
      If the journal is open access, does the publisher belong to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA)?

If you answer ‘no’ to most or all of the questions on the list, you should urgendtly distance from submitting.

When selecting conferences, similar criteria can be used. Here, too, the organizer (eg the society) of the conference as well as other persons involved (chairs, etc.) should be known in the professional community. If this is not the case, you should urgently distance from submitting an application.

Helmholtz Open Science coordination office about predatory publishing: https://os.helmholtz.de/open-science-in-der-helmholtz-gemeinschaft/open-access-der-goldene-weg/faqs-zum-thema-predatory-publishing/


Contact

Edith Reschke
Head Library
e.reschkeAthzdr.de
Phone: +49 351 260 3364
Fax: +49 351 260 13364, +49 351 260 3399

Kerstin Henrion
Library
k.henrionAthzdr.de
Phone: +49 351 260 3147
Fax: +49 351 260 13147