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HST 300/495

An online guide to research for History 300/495

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Cabell's Predatory Reports

Cabell's Predatory Reports is a tool for fighting back against a growing trend that threatens to undermine scholarly communication.

Students and faculty should use this database to evaluate the academic integrity of a journal. This database does not provide journal articles, only evaluations of journals. You may search by title, discipline, ISSN, country, and publisher.

Cabell's evaluative process is thoroughly documented. Each summary contains the basic information necessary in identifying a predatory journal. This includes the title of the journal, its publisher, any claimed ISSNs, geographic location, website, open access and launch date. In every report, they categorize and detail each violation and provide a transparent view of the investigated journal.

To achieve these reports specialists analyze over 60 behavioral indicators, screening for everything from misleading metrics to irregular publication practices. Their criteria-based methodology, informed by industry expertise and community support, objectively evaluates whether a journal is predatory. A complete record of when, what and why a journal is put in Predatory Reports gives users the ability to see deceptive behaviors first-hand and to make clear and safe decisions.

The academic community is an integral part of the solution. Cabell welcomes any tips, leads or suggestions in identifying specific fraudulent operations or behaviors. Let them know at journals@cabells.com.

Learn more at Cabell's Predatory Reports website.