It is important that as researchers, you are aware of the increasing number of publishers that you should avoid - publishers known as "predatory publishers". Higher Degree Research students also need to be aware of "vanity publishers".
Some ‘predatory or deceptive publishers’ have taken the development of the open access author-pays academic publishing model, as an opportunity to make money. These predatory or deceptive publishers are known to:
Unfortunately Beall's List of Predatory Publishers is now no longer available. However, you may access archived versions from here:
Beall's List of Predatory Journals is no longer available. However, archived versions are accessible from here:
Beall's List of Predatory Publishers (Archived List December 2016)
Beall's List of Predatory Journals (Archived List December 2016)
Read about the practices of predatory publishers in the Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 March 2012
Thanks to Charles Sturt University Library for reuse of some content on this page.
Higher Degree Research (HDR) students or recent graduates, may receive unsolicited emails from companies offering to publish their thesis. Some of these ‘publishers’ or ‘vanity presses’, provide limited or no editorial input, that is, they do not provide peer-review, or editorial or proof-reading support, marketing or distribution of the book. They generate income by either charging up-front publishing fees, or by the sale of copies to the author.
Publishing your thesis with a ‘vanity press’ such as Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP - an imprint of VDM Publishing) may result in:
It is always recommended that you carefully research and evaluate the credibility of a publisher before accepting an offer to publish your thesis. Consult your Supervisor and/or the Library before making any decision.