Predatory publishing is defined as when a publisher will solicit researchers for manuscripts, request editorial or reviewing support for a journal, or ask for conference submissions when the sole purpose is to deceive researchers to submit content. Usually predatory publishers will request author charges as open access journals and fail to provide sufficient peer review or editorial services.
Predatory publishing activity is increasing and tactics are becoming more sophisticated. Because of this it is important for researchers and authors to critically evaluate journal, editor, and conference paper solicitations from organizations as well as announcements of new journals, conferences and books.
Some advice on reviewing possible predatory publishers:
What is Predatory Publishing? University of Ontario Institute of Technology. URL: http://guides.library.uoit.ca/predatory-publishing.
Assessing a Publisher, University of Minnesota Libraries. URL: https://www.lib.umn.edu/publishing/choices/assessing
How to Assess a Journal, Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). URL: http://www.carl-abrc.ca/how-to-assess-a-journal/
Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals, New York Times, Oct 30, 2017.
Quality Criteria for the Assessment of Education Research in Different Contexts, Bloomsbury Teaching and Learning Programme.