In the world of Open Access publishing, it is important to be aware of predatory journals or predatory publishers. These entities, whose goal is to gain profit, often target authors seeking to publish in Open Access journals. They may contact authors directly asking for manuscripts. They don’t often mention author fees up front, but may later ask for publication fees.
There are steps you can take to ensure that you submit your work to legitimate quality journals. USC’s Thomas Cooper Library has developed a resource guide on Open Access, which includes a page about Predatory Publishers . This information is valuable in thwarting the efforts of these low-quality, money-hungry “publishers.”
Links to the Open Access and Predatory Publishers guides can be found on the School of Medicine Library’s Research Guide page. You will find them in the right column under “Subject Guides from Other Institutions.”