Navigating publishing and predatory publishing

It is not uncommon for some publishers to solicit manuscripts or journal articles either by contacting recent graduates directly or putting out a call for papers. While most publishers are legitimate, some are considered predatory, and their offers are often scams.

The Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship (CADS) has compiled the below information to help guide you when determining the legitimacy of a solicitation. You can also reach out to CADS with questions at

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Theses, dissertations and reports

Upon receiving a solicitation to publish your thesis, dissertation or report as a book, it is best to consider the following:


Journal articles

In some fields the preferred method of disseminating research is to divide and revise a dissertation or thesis into multiple journal articles. Upon receiving a solicitation to publish an article through a journal, it is best to consider the following points:



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