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Open Access

This guide is to help UNLV authors learn about open access, article processing charges (APCs), avoiding predatory publishers, and open access policies.

Predatory Publishers

About Predatory Publishers

Predatory publishing is an exploitative academic publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals.

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.

Tools for Evaluating Journals

These sites provide some more in depth guidance for evaluating OA journals and may help authors avoid paying APCs to low-quality or even predatory publishers.


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