Fuhr, J. & Warren, R. (2016). What are predatory publishers?. [Online Video]. 23 July 2016. Available from: https://youtu.be/-xoQHTnTTrw. [Accessed: 23 June 2017].
Predatory publishers engage in unfair and deceptive practices with regards to the publication of online academic journals and organisation of scientific conferences. They:
Anderson, R. (2017). Federal Trade Commission and National Institutes of Health take action against predatory publishing practices. Available from: https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2017/12/04/federal-trade-commission-national-institutes-health-take-action-predatory-publishing-practices/?informz=1 [Accessed: 2 January 2018].
There are many measures of quality to assist you in determining the legitimacy of a publisher or journal. Resources like DOAJ, SHERPA/RoMEO and recently ThinkCheckSubmit are all credible initiatives to use alongside certain indicators to evaluate publications:
These are some of the questions to ask when you decide on where to publish. For more assistance, you can ask your librarian.
Here is a handy graphic with tips on how to identify predatory journals:
A clip of Prof Johan Mouton speaking on predatory journals, shown at the 4th Annual UFS Research Week, 28 July 2017