Unsolicited solicitations: identifying characteristics of unsolicited emails from potentially predatory journals and the role of librarians


  • Paije Wilson




Commentary, Publishing, Fraud, Predatory journals, Librarians, Scholarly communications


Email solicitations for manuscript submissions are a common tactic employed by predatory journals to attract potential victims. Both new and established researchers alike have fallen prey to this tactic, justifying the need for librarians to provide further education and support in this area.

This commentary provides a succinct overview of predatory journals; briefly describes the problem of predatory journal email solicitations; explains the role librarians can play in their identification; and lists some red flags and tactics librarians can tell researchers to look out for, as informed by the literature and the author's analysis of 60 unsolicited journal emails she received in her own institutional inbox.


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