UF Libraries Offer Help to Avoid Predatory Journals

The number of predatory journals is on the rise, and UF Libraries staff are offering assistance to faculty and students on how to avoid predatory journals.  Subject liaisons and the Academic Research Consulting & Services (ARCS) ​program provide one-on-one guidance, workshops, and classroom instruction to help identify high-quality, peer-reviewed journals, including a large number of quality open access journals across disciplines.

Excellent resources for getting started include Think.Check.Submit and an overview on the Libraries website​. You can also view a recording of a June 2019 panel, “Unpacking Predatory Publishing,” moderated by Dr. Emilio Bruna with perspectives from UF librarians.​​​ The Directory of Open Access Journals provides information about publications that have undergone a rigorous review process​; however, there are many other legitimate open access journals not included in this list.​

List of Possible Predatory Journals:



Here Is a Good Source for Legitimate Journals Using the Journal Citation Report Link:



More Information on Predatory Journals Can Be Found Here:

The Source, The Journal Blacklist Surpasses the 12,000 Journals Listed Mark

Twitter, Predatory Journals

Biochemia Medica, What I Learned from Predatory Publishers

The Economist, What Are “Predatory” Academic Journals?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, These Professors Don’t Work for a Predatory Publisher. It Keeps Claiming They Do.

The New York Times, Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals

Science, ‘Study about Nothing’ Highlights the Perils of Predatory Publishing

Nature, The Undercover Academic Keeping Tabs on ‘Predatory’ Publishing