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What do you do when you get an email from an open access publisher you've never heard of, asking you to publish your research?

Evaluate

Google the journal, editor, and address. Do the links work on the website? Is the editor a real person? Do they actually have an office? Take a look at the address on Google Maps to see exactly where it's located. 

Pay attention to the wording in the solicitation email. Are they overly familiar, calling you "dear" or "sweetheart"? Did they misspell your name or subject area? Does the grammar and sentence structure just feel off? 

Example

Actual spam email from a predatory journal.

 

It's listed in Ulrich's, but it isn't listed as open access. They also don't tell you anything about where it's indexed. It's listed in Ulrich's, but it isn't listed as open access. They also don't tell you anything about where it's indexed.

 

The ISBN isn't listed in the DOAJ. The ISBN isn't in the DOAJ.

 

 

The publisher is listed on Beall's List. 

The publisher is on Beall's List.

 

The publisher isn't listed at the address given. They aren't listed at the address given.

 

 

 

This is the actual email I sent to the faculty, with my findings that this is a predatory publisher. The email I sent to the faculty.