What is a Predatory Publisher?
A predatory publisher is a publisher that exploits academic publishing by charging fees to publish works, without providing scholarly publishing services like peer-review and editing. Predatory publishers take advantage of authors interested in open access by claiming to follow the gold open access model, a model where it is typical for publishers to charge article processing fees instead of charging users via subscriptions, but then the predatory publishers do not provide important quality standards like peer-review and editing - because the main goal of predatory publishing is to make money!
Best Practices for Avoiding Predatory Open Access Publishers
Characteristics of Predatory Open Access Journals