We have highlighted this problem before – but the situation especially in developing countries appears to be getting worse – not better. Researchers keen to publish their research are offered a wonderful service to publish in an open access journal, which turns out to be worthless and a fraudulent way of obtaining your money.
Thanks to HIFA we can direct you to a useful site (originally on the BMJ blog by Jocalyn Clark) which explains more and lists five ways of checking if the open access journal is genuine or not. They advise you to check a black list of known villains, and other ways to check that the journal is a recognised and a genuine publisher for your work. If the e-mail or other contact says that the journal is indexed this can also be checked. See this posting.
Jean Shaw, Phi