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Author Beware: Look Out for Predatory Publishers

Monday, September 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

In light of our upcoming meeting, we're re-posting an old notice about predatory publishers:

Some publishers use conference programs, like the AFS Annual Meeting program, to generate distribution lists to solicit submissions for publication. Please do not assume that messages from publishers that reference the AFS annual meeting represent an endorsement by AFS.

On the other hand, there are many excellent, scholarly, peer-reviewed open access (OA) journals. It is important to do your own research into the publishers who contact you to make sure that they are reputable and ethical.

For a checklist of things to look for when evaluating a potential publisher, see “Think, Check, Submit” (, a website sponsored by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), among others.

See Open Folklore for a list of journals, including free and open access journals, that publish work on folklore:

An older article, which includes some dead links, is nevertheless useful in laying out some of the issues you should consider: see Karen Coyle, "Predatory Publishers | Peer to Peer Review," Library Journal (April 4, 2013), at

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