Avoiding predatory publishers

What is a predatory publisher

Predatory publishers are a growing phenomena, and definitions can vary.  However, they are generally those that charge fees to authors for publication, but do not perform the expected peer review or editing.

Using a checklist for unknown or suspicious publishers can help you identify those that are predatory.

Your guide to predatory publishers

In our 'Where to publish' library guide you will find a section about identifying characteristics of predatory journals and publishers. We've also included useful resources to help you recognise them.


The library also offers in-depth training sessions on a range of topics. You can either watch a recorded session or enrol in one of our workshops.

Register for workshops

You can find a list of all the professional development (PD) events and sessions in this calendar.

Watch recorded workshops about avoiding predatory publishers

You can watch recorded sessions from our online workshops.