By Lindsay Peters

With free, open-access journals becoming the norm in scholarly publishing (Esposito, 2013), it is more difficult to distinguish legitimate journals from predatory publishers. The business model of a free, open-access journal often charges the authors fees for editing, pagination, and other common publishing services. Predatory journals seek out authors and charge these fees without producing a quality product (Huag, 2013)

To combat this misleading practice, Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver, created a list of potential predatory publishers known as “Beall’s List.” (Beall, 2016)

It is important to remember that many free, open access articles are quality scholarly works (Huag, 2013). Transparency in editorial and financial practices are vital when analyzing the quality of a journal.


Beall J. Beall’s list: potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers. Accessed September 11, 2016.

Esposito J. Open access and professional societies. Available at:

Haug C. The downside of open-access publishing. N Engl J Med 2013; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp12144750


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