Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing
Summarized from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.pdf
Peer Review Process
Editorial Team/Contact Information
Identification & Statement of Handling Research Misconduct
Ownership & Management
Name of Journal
Conflicts of Interest
Direct Marketing Policy
Predatory publishing refers a pay-to-publish model with low academic standards. Predatory journals aggressively solicit authors to submit articles with the promise of speedy publication, for a fee. Predatory journals by definition have little to no peer review (very high to 100% acceptance rates) and generally are not in keeping with the standards of ethical publishing.
For authors, publishing in these low quality journals can be a poor outlet for quality work and financially exploitative. For the scientific community, they muddy the waters of legitimacy as these non-peer reviewed journals are increasingly cited.
Features of predatory journals: