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Scholarly Communications: Where to Publish?

Identifying a Potential Journal

Where Not to Publish

Your Scholarly Communications Librarian

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Selecting a Trustworthy Journal

Once you've identified potential journals in which to publish, the next step is to evaluate those journals for quality.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when considering a journal's trustworthiness:

  • Do you or your colleagues know the journal?
    • Have you read any articles in the journal before?
    • Is it easy to discover the latest papers in the journal?

  • Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
    • Is the publisher name clearly displayed on the journal website?
    • Can you contact the publisher by telephone, email, and post?

  • Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?

  • Is the journal listed in an established and reputable database?
    • Is the journal listed in MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's(NLM) journal citation database?
    • If the journal is open access, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, an online directory that indexes high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals?

  • Is it clear what fees will be charged?
    • Does the journal site explain what these fees are for and when they will be charged?

  • Do you recognise the editorial board?
    • Have you heard of the editorial board members?
    • Do the editorial board members mention the journal on their own websites?

  • Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?

Source: ThinkCheckSubmit checklist by Think.Check.Submit., available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License





This LibGuide is based on Sandy De Groote's Where to Publish? LibGuide and Gumberg Library's Where to Publish Your Research LibGuide.

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