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Cabells Surpasses 10,000 Journals Indexed on the Journal Blacklist


Cabells has surpassed the 10,000 journal mark for its Journal Blacklist (, a searchable database of predatory journals identified by multiple breaches of 65 different criteria.

Cabells has now investigated and verified over 10,000 individual titles for inclusion into its Journal Blacklist. Launched in June 2017, Cabells’ Journal Blacklist is still the only database available to scholars of deceptive and predatory academic journals. The Blacklist is compiled by specialists who analyze suspected journals against 65 behavioral indicators to keep the community abreast of growing threats and to protect researchers and institutions from exploitative operations. It is complemented by the Journal Whitelist, a curated list of over 11,000 verified and trustworthy academic journals spanning 18 disciplines, which guides researchers and institutions in getting the most impact out of their research.

When the Blacklist was launched slightly more than one year ago, there were just over 4,000 titles indexed. Since then, Cabells’ Blacklist team has been identifying and investigating suspected publications, providing subscribers with access to a searchable database of detailed reports for every journal that has been evaluated and flagged as a probable threat. Each journal report—grounded using objective and transparent methodologies—clearly identifies the journals and provides a record of when and why they have been put on the Blacklist, giving users the ability to see deceptive behaviors first-hand and to make clear and safe decisions.

Cabells’ new Director of International Marketing and Development, Simon Linacre, said: “The aim of the Journal Blacklist to enable researchers to make the right decisions when submitting their articles for publication. Globally there is a ‘continued pressure to publish, but sadly that pressure is often not backed up by training and resources for academics to make optimal decisions. The Blacklist now has 10,000 journals listed for all of them to avoid, both for article submissions and for use in research.

“Using the Journal Blacklist helps prevent academics from being tempted by publishing offers that come their way on a daily basis through unsolicited emails; the Journal Whitelist—which has just been updated with all-new CCI calculations and 2018 Impact Factors—then allows them to make an evidence-based decision founded on a wide range of journal performance metrics, so that overall their choice of publication is optimized.”

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