With the rapidly increasing numbers of outlets for online publishing, concerns are being raised on the credibility, authenticity and reputation of Journals. A 2013 article by Declan Butler, titled Investigating Journals: The dark side of publishing (Nature 495:433-435), highlights the potential reputational damage of publishing in such low reputation journals. Authors that select these journals will not be eligible for USP rewards, as they are not highly ranked in any credible journal ranking system.
To ensure that the USP maintains its reputation for research excellence, we wish to advise authors to use diligence and exercise caution when selecting journals for submission of articles. It is highly recommended that authors choose only high impact journals, such as those listed as A*, A or B in ERA 2010 (Rewards for Publications). If an author wishes to submit to a new or upcoming journal not on such lists, then the onus is on them to use due diligence when selecting the publishing outlet.
The following are Butler’s recommendations to authors when selecting Journals.
Although Beall’s list of predatory publishers is no longer active and has been removed from the blogsite, the list remains a good guide for identifying non-reputable publishers. Please check the following links for archived versions of the listings (updated till Jan 2017).