Read this guide if you are thinking about publishing your research in an academic/scholarly journal. This guide is aimed at helping you identify and avoid predatory journals and publishers. The best advice is always to seek help from senior colleagues or the Library before submitting a paper for publication.
Predatory journals exploit a publishing model where the author pays to publish articles that are usually made freely available on the web. Predatory journals deceive authors by claiming to provide peer review and editorial services but in fact publishing anything submitted without proper scrutiny. Predatory journals use a number of strategies to disguise their true nature, however, with a few precautions and checks it is possible to identify and avoid them.
Inadvertently publishing in a predatory journal can be a risk your reputation as a researcher.