Q. How can I determine whether an open access journal is trustworthy or predatory?
Answered By: Rachel Pinotti Last Updated: Nov 14, 2017 Views: 16
An archived version of Beall's List, the well known predatory journals blacklist, has been published in a Publons post. However since Beall's list is no longer being actively curated, its utility diminishes as time goes on.
As an alternative, you can consult Stop Predatory Journals, a site which aims to full the vacuum created by the demise of Beall's List to see if either the journal or the publisher is listed there. An important caveat to keep in mind when using this resource is that the list is compiled and published anonymously, likely so that the list's author(s) can avoid the notoriety and legal issues that Beall himself encountered. This does however present a bit of an issue since the list author(s)' motives and affiliations are unknown. You can also check the Directory of Open Access Journals, a site which 'certifies' the trustworthiness of open access publications.
In cases where the journal in question is not listed on either of the known blacklists or whitelists, there are several metrics one can look at to determine whether a journal/publisher is questionable. The website Think, Check, Submit also has a list of criteria that you may find helpful:
Should you wish to meet with a librarian to walk through these criteria together, please contact us at RefDesk@mssm.edu to schedule an appointment.