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Predatory Publishing

Alongside the increasing popularity of legitimate open access publishing, there has also been a rise in what is known as predatory (or questionable) publishing. Predatory publishers solicit and accept manuscripts and fees from authors, but do not provide the editorial and peer review services that are part of legitimate scholarly publishing.*

It is a good idea to be wary of publishers soliciting articles or conference presentations from you.  The Online Tools listed below can help you ensure you are getting a respected, reputable, peer-reviewed journal article. These online tools provide lists that are considered "white lists".  These lists contain journals that have been strictly vetted to be peer-reviewed.

*Bowman, J.D. (2014). Predatory Publishing, Questionable Peer Review, and Fraudulent Conferences. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78(10), 176.

Online Tools


Please note that PubMed includes journals that are NOT indexed in MEDLINE. Be sure to set your limits to MEDLINE.

  • Click on PubMed.                                                                                
  • Enter search string
  • Click on Show additional filters found in left side menu
  • Click on Languages (Abstracts in PubMed are in English, the article may be in another language.)
  • Click on Journal Categories (Allows you to choose MEDLINE found in the left side menu after you click show.)
  • Click on Show
  • Click on English
  • Click on MEDLINE 


Now you have articles from highly respected journals in your field!                                      


This page was created by Rachel Helbing and modified by Suzanne Ferimer.