Who is this for?
Anyone at the University of Toronto (U of T) who wishes to publish their research as a primary or lead author and are interested in avoiding deceptive publishers and predatory journals.
What do I need before I can begin?
No information is required to begin. Please reach out to the VPRI contact listed below if you have questions regarding deceptive publishers or predatory journals.
‘Deceptive publishers’ (also commonly referred to as ‘predatory journals’) are for-profit entities that purport to publish high-quality academic research, but who do not follow accepted scholarly publishing best practices. Their ultimate goal is to make money, not publish quality research. A deceptive publisher may acquire the copyright to your research but never publish. A deceptive publisher may publish your work, but then disappear, resulting in the lack of a public record of your published article. Being associated with a deceptive publisher can lead to financial loss as a result of inappropriate fees and harm to your reputation.
U of T has created an informative deceptive publishers website and checklist that you can use to help identify a potentially predatory journal or deceptive publisher and avoid submitting research data to one of these entities.
- Provide awareness to the University community about the existence of deceptive publishers
- Work with researchers and the U of T Libraries to educate researchers on the benefits of publishing in reputable journals
Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing > Resource from Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)