The Library is aware that researchers are increasingly being approached by publishers with offers that can be viewed as questionable or of little academic merit. Vanity or predatory publishing is broadly defined as the practice where the author of a book or article pays all or most of the costs of its publication, often with no retention of rights to the material.
Researchers, including HDR students, should be wary of approaches by email or letter from unfamiliar publishers, asking for books, articles or conference papers for publication, or for participation as an editor, editorial board member or conference attendance in the publisher’s activities. Check with a colleague or the Library if uncertain about an approach that has been made.
The following article is about Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian for over 24 years contains some useful information and links: https://www.statnews.com/2017/01/27/journal-predatory-blacklist/
Sources: Research Office Newsletter, Issue 3, 2014 and Cornerstone Architectural Scholars - Google Group