Essential Information about Predatory Publishers and Journals

  • Jeffrey Beall
Keywords: Scholarly publishing, Predatory publishers, Predatory journals, Open-access.


This article introduces, defines, and describes predatory publishers and journals and shows how they hurt science and victimize individual researchers. Academic evaluation that only counts the number of publications may not provide an accurate measure of scholarly achievement, as journals routinely accept papers with little or no peer review.

Author Biography

Jeffrey Beall

Jeffrey Beall is associate professor and scholarly communications librar- ian, Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado, US. 

How to Cite
Beall, J. (2016). Essential Information about Predatory Publishers and Journals. International Higher Education, (86), 2-3.