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Publication opportunities with high acceptance rates and rapid turnaround time from submission to publication are appealing. This is a characteristic of questionable, predatory, or deceptive journals/publishers, namely, journals/publishers that do not adhere to quality and publication ethical standards.

Publishing in such journals may eventually diminish the credibility of your research, and may affect you professionally: Career limitation, little or no dissemination and adoption of your work.

Bishop’s University reminds researchers that it is their responsibility to evaluate the legitimacy (integrity, history, practices and reputation) of journals/publishers to which they submit their manuscripts. Given the challenges associated with identifying predatory journals/publishers, Bishop’s Library Learning Commons has developed a libguide to assist faculty in assessing the quality of publishers and journals:


Nonetheless, if you are unsure about which journal to submit your work to, you ought to consult with LLC librarians.