Avoiding Predatory Publishers
Predatory publishers are organizations that charge money for open access publishing while offering very little in the way of peer review and editing.
Here are some characteristics to look for. Remember that any of these on their own might not be cause for concern, but if a publisher exhibits several of these, it may best be avoided.
Finding High Quality Open Access Publishers
A couple of directories of open access publications have taken on the job of acting as gatekeepers. If a journal appears on one of these lists, it has been vetted, to a certain extent. Although they can make mistakes, this may be a good place to start your investigation. But beware. Not all predatory journals are open access. You will need to evaluate any journal before submitting for publication.
Articles of Interest
Kolata, G. (2017, October 30). Many academics are eager to publish in worthless journals. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com
Butler, D. (2013, March 27). Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing. Nature, 495, 433-435.
Stratford, M. (2012, March 4). 'Predatory' online journals lure scholars who are eager to publish. Chronicle of Higher Education.
Johnson, C.Y. (2013, October 3). Bogus science paper accepted by dozens of journals. Boston.com.