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Homepage / Research support webinar: how to recognise and avoid ‘predatory publishers’

Research support webinar: how to recognise and avoid ‘predatory publishers’


Predatory publishing

With pressure on researchers to publish papers to further their career, predatory publishing has become widespread with many scholars submitting their work to these publications (Abalkina, 2021; Grudniewicz et al., 2019).

Despite being a topic of discussion for many years, it was only in 2019 that leading scholars and publishers from ten countries agreed on a definition (Grudniewicz et al, 2019):

Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practice”

However, it is not all doom and gloom as there are methods you can employ to identify a predatory publication. So, if you have ever been approached to submit an article to a journal you are unfamiliar with, been invited to submit your thesis to a publisher you have not heard of, or you simply want to learn more about the topic, then join us for a brief guide to Predatory Publishing.

During the webinar we will discuss what is meant by the term ‘predatory publisher’, how you can identify a predatory publication and how to avoid being caught out by them!

The webinar is taking place on Thursday 18 February, 1-2pm.

Book your place on DATES.


Abalkina, A. (2021) ‘Guest post — Unethical practices in research and publishing: Evidence from Russia’, [Blog] The Scholarly Kitchen. 4 February. Available at: (Accessed: 5 February 2021)

Grudniewicz, A. et al. (2019) ‘Predatory journals: no definition, no defence’, Nature, 11 December. Available at: (Accessed: 5 February 2021).

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Written by: Mandy Smith

Written By: Tom Jaycocks

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