Predatory Publishers: Aggressive marketing to unsuspecting authors, fictional editorial boards, little or no peer review, unqualified reviewers, and generally poor editorial quality are issues that plague the journal publishing landscape. Regardless of whether a journal asks for an APC or is subscription based, authors can critically evaluate journals before submitting their manuscripts. Use the authors checklist for evaluating journals or Contact a Subject Librarian for assistance.
If I want my article to be freely available, is paying an APC my only choice? Some journals allow authors to post manuscripts or final articles in institutional repositories or the author's website. Some authors choose to negotiate for the right to do so if the journal doesn't already allow "self-archiving."