With the steady rise of Open Access (OA) publishing models, it can be tricky to know which journals are legitimate. If you’re a researcher, then you’ve undoubtedly been spammed by a representative from some alleged OA publisher, asking for submissions.
Before sending your research to any publisher, take a second and review the group’s status:
- Look up a journal name in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
- Check Jeffrey Beall’s annual List of Predatory Open-Access Publishers.
For a review of the OA movement, check out Mikael Laakso et al’s 2011 PLoSOne review.