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. If you are uncertain, check with your supervisor about the merits of an offer, or check Think Check Submit, a website that helps researchers identify trusted journals for their research.
Sources: Research Office Newsletter, Issue 3, 2014 and Cornerstone Architectural Scholars - Google Group