The purpose of this guide is to educate and inform faculty and staff at UVA about the practices of "predatory" publishers and to supply criteria in order for the researchers to make informed decisions where to publish their scholarship. Predatory journals/publishers, also described as "questionable", can be defined as journals that lack discernible scholarship, academic rigor or credibility, and use aggressive practices to recruit authors and editors. Predatory publishers' opaque operations and editorial processes are suggestive of an intention to deceive both authors and readers (Butler, 2013).
Before you submit your article there are steps you can take to ensure you select a high-quality journal and avoid predatory publishers:
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