The Dark World of Black Psychology Journals

Deborah C. Escalante

The Dark World of Black Psychology Journals
The Dark World of Black Psychology Journals

In recent years, there has been growing concern over the proliferation of predatory journal practices, specifically in the field of psychology. These "black psychology journals" offer tempting shortcuts for researchers in need of quick academic credit, but their true cost is much higher than one might expect.

What are Black Psychology Journals?

Black psychology journals, also known as predatory journals, are academic journals that prioritize profit over quality scholarship. They are often characterized by:

  • High acceptance rates (sometimes amounting to 100%)
  • Rapid publication turnaround times (sometimes within days)
  • A lack of rigorous peer-review processes
  • Predatory pricing practices, such as excessive fees for publication or submission
  • Poor editorial oversight

These practices appeal to researchers who need to pad their resumes with publications in a short amount of time. However, the risks of publishing in a predatory journal can be quite high.

The Risks of Publishing in a Predatory Journal

The consequences of publishing in a predatory journal can be numerous:

  • The research may not be properly vetted, leading to flawed methodology or fraudulent results
  • The journal may have a low impact factor, meaning that the research will not be widely read or cited
  • The reputation of the researcher may be compromised, as they will be associated with poor scholarship and unethical practices
  • Funding agencies and tenure committees may view publishing in predatory journals as evidence of poor judgment or desperation

These risks may not be immediately apparent, but they can have long-lasting consequences for the researcher and the field at large.

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How to Identify a Predatory Journal

Identifying a predatory journal can be difficult, as they may appear to be legitimate on the surface. However, there are some warning signs to watch out for:

  • The journal’s website is poorly designed or has numerous spelling and grammar errors
  • The journal solicits submissions through spam emails or social media posts
  • The journal claims to have a high impact factor but is not listed in established databases such as Web of Science or Scopus
  • The journal promises rapid publication timelines or high acceptance rates

If you suspect that a journal may be predatory, it is important to do your due diligence before submitting your work.


The temptation to publish in a "black psychology journal" may be strong, but the risks outweigh the rewards. Researchers should prioritize quality scholarship over quick fixes and be wary of predatory practices in academic publishing. By doing so, they can maintain the integrity of their work and contribute meaningfully to the field of psychology.

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