If you are approached by an unknown publisher to contribute to a journal:
We have focused here on journals, but predatory approaches are also made to entice researchers to attend conferences or share theses. Always be vigilant. Trust your own judgement! If something doesn’t feel right with the publisher, further investigation is needed.
Finally, Cranfield authors are sometimes contacted by genuine publishers asking if they would like to contribute to a special edition. If you are contacted directly by a well-known reputable publisher, and want to contribute an article, we suggest you ask them to waive any APC charge associated with making the article publicly accessible. If good publishers really want your work, they should be happy to do this.