Answered By: Denise R. Gehring, MSLIS, MA
Last Updated: Nov 09, 2021     Views: 6

"Predatory journals—also called fraudulent, deceptive, or pseudo-journals—are publications that claim to be legitimate scholarly journals, but misrepresent their publishing practices. Some common forms of predatory publishing practices include falsely claiming to provide peer review, hiding information about Article Processing Charges (APCs), misrepresenting members of the journal’s editorial board, and other violations of copyright or scholarly ethics" (Elmore & Weston, 2020). Because predatory publishers do not follow the proper academic standards for publishing, they usually offer a quick turnaround on publishing a manuscript.

In contrast, high-quality academic journals take longer to publish articles because they go through a proper peer review and copy-editing process. 

More information on avoiding predatory journals can be found on this Library Research Guide