While there are many high-quality, peer-reviewed open access publications, there are also open access publishers that engage in unethical practices.
"Predatory publishers" is a phrase that describes opportunistic open access publishers that charge publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals.
Common tactics include:
Publishing in open access journals can have many benefits but authors should always research any potential publication venues to make sure they are reputable. Consider the following criteria:
The Open Access Journal Quality Indicators site maintained by Grand Valley State University has an excellent list of guidelines to help authors evaluate open access publications.
Please contact your UMMS librarians if you need assistance.
The Eigenfactor Index of Open Access Fees is a helpful tool to identify a good value for publishing your work openly. It is an interactive tool which assesses the "article influence" -- as indicated by journal prestige and readership -- provided by open access journals. Click on Open Access Fees to get started.