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Part 3: Predatory Publishing and Bogus Impact Factors

The ugly side of academic publishing is the snares and traps that must be dodged in order to find legitimate, scholarly, highly ranked publications in which to publish.  Predatory open-access publishers charge authors a fee to publish their articles in so called “scholarly” journals.  Because these journals are not legitimate, they do not have the journal rankings that other scholarly (legitimate) journals do and can easily be exposed as fraudulent.   However, we now see companies popping up to remedy this problem.  There are 3 companies that will, for a fee award bogus impact factors to low quality journals.  1. Journal Impact Factor (Global Institute for Scientific Information) 2. Global Impact Factor (Institute for Information Resources) 3. Universal Impact Factor    For Jeffrey Beall's list of questionable companies that purport to provide valid scholarly metrics at the researcher, article, or journal level click here:

Jeffrey Beall is a librarian at the University of Colorado, see Jeffrey’s important list of Predatory Publishers:    For a list of questionable, scholarly open-access standalone journals click here:

If you are ever in doubt about a journal or publisher, do not hesitate to check Jeffrey Beall’s list of predatory publishers.  You should also routinely check the library database: Cabell’s Directory (scholarly journals)     A good resource for verification of scholarly journals and Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.  Call Birnbaum Library for a quick lookup in Ulrich's (212)346-1331  or email Michelle Lang:      

Quality Journals

The Journal Quality List is a collation of journal rankings from a variety of sources compiled and edited by Dr. Anne-Wil Harzing creator of the Publish or Perish (PoP) software. See link below. The purpose of her list is to assist academics in targeting journals of appropriate standards.  This is a great resource for any academic seeking information about the quality of a particular journal.

Asst Univ. Librarian for Graduate Services

Michelle Lang
Michelle Lang
Asst Univ. Librarian for Graduate Services
Pace University
Mortola Library, 2nd Floor, Pleasantville, NY
Birnbaum Library, 1st Floor, New York, NY
(212) 346-1778 rings at both offices

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