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Civil & Environmental Engineering

A Guide to Civil & Environmental Engineering

Characteristics of Predatory Journals

Predatory journals are likely to possess the following characteristics: 

  1. Wide journal scope
  2. Not indexed in databases
  3. Make false claims regarding impact factor
  4. Claim low author-submission fees 
  5. Extremely high acceptance rate
  6. Accelerated publication process
  7. Very short peer-review period
  8. Inconsistencies in publication periods
  9. Small or unknown editorial board
  10. Editorial board members are not experts in the journal topics 
  11. Unprofessional, unsecured website
  12. Errors in titles and journal descriptions
  13. Asks authors to submit articles via email or a simple form