The journal impact factor is a calculation of how many citations the articles in a journal receive (over a 2-year average). It is used as a proxy measure of the quality of a journal. If the impact factor of a journal is 5, then on average, articles in this journal receive about five citations within the first two years after publication.
» Scopus CiteScore metrics: Click “Sources" - An alternative to the JIF
You may wish to read this brief article on the Journal Impact Factor:
Is the impact factor the only game in town?. P. Smart. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2015;97(6):405-8.
PLoS, a top-tier open access suite of journals, says this: "PLOS does not consider Impact Factor to be a reliable or useful metric to assess the performance of individual articles. PLOS supports DORA – the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – and does not promote our journal Impact Factors"
Through Web of Science
Predatory publishing is a relatively recent phenomenon that seems to be exploiting some key features of the open access publishing model. It is sustained by collecting APCs [Author Processing Charges] that are far less than those found in presumably legitimate open access journals and which are not always apparent to authors prior to article submission.
Here's a recent article that will help answer this question:
Take a look at Table 10 for a concise list of the features found in predatory journals, including:
However, while perhaps not relevant to your immediate publishing decisions, please be aware of the Institutionalized Racism of Scholarly Publishing:
UCB has an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, and you can create your own logon after you activate your account. Then, take advantage of resources like these:
Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars (watch at your convenience):
Here is some information and tips on getting your research to a broader, or to a specialized, audience