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Political Science: Bias & Accountability

Fact Checking Websites

Untrustworthy Journals (Predatory Publishers)

Cabell's Predatory Reports helps researchers and potential authors identify journals that are published using questionable, suspicious, or deceptive strategies.

Journals listed in this directory are designated as predatory.  Predatory publishers lie about their business practices for the purpose of pure profit; or in other words, they publish anything submitted by authors willing to pay the article processing fees.  The most common lies involve:

  • peer review practices
  • editorial board members
  • organizational affiliations
  • impact factors

Predatory publishers manufacture journal content that contaminates and undermines the trustworthiness of scholarly academic publishing.