Like Richard, I also recommend using Think.Check.Submit. I also saw some very good simple advice on this forum last week from Akintola Olusola Ezekiel:
The best way to avoid predatory (journals and/or) publishers is to avoid sending your work to any publisher that you got through unsuscribed email. It is only rewarding if you search for publishing outlets for your work. Refferal also helps; your friends and colleagues can help you find credible outlets. However, this does not mean that you will not check for 'red flags' in whichever publishing outlets suggested to you. I think this will help.
I also outlines some basic tips in a recent post, which might be helpful:
What can you do to avoid these 'predatory' journals?
- Familiarise yourself with what a good journal looks like. Follow the references and recommended reading in good articles. Have you done any literature reviews for your research? Go back and check out the journals that were mentioned – these are the journals you should be targeting. Visit their journal homepages to get an idea of their scope and style.
- Be suspicious of email invites, unless you recognise the sender. Visit their website and find out more about the journal.
- Check that the indexing status or 'impact factor' is real (only journals indexed in the Clarivate Master Journals List qualify for an official Impact Factor: http://mjl.clarivate.com/)
- Be critical of ‘international’ or ‘global’ journals – real ‘international’ journals will have an impressive editorial board – check their website and their credentials.
- Read the ‘aims and scope’ or ‘about’ page of the journal: Does the scope of the journal fit with your research? Be careful it is not too broad. Does the journal seem professional and understand your topic?
- Are any credible scholarly organisations involved in publishing the journal? Find out who the publisher of the journal is:
- Are they a scholarly or scientific organisation?
- Are they a commercial publisher? If so, do they have a link with a scholarly or scientific society? How can you be sure their primary aim is the advancement of science and not a quick profit?