The quality of a publisher is an important consideration when choosing where to publish your research.
Academic publishing is undergoing enormous change, requiring even experienced and established authors to review new publishers, journals and publishing models when choosing where to publish.There is no one single indicator of quality. It is essential that you use multiple indicators in deciding on the quality of a journal and where to submit a manuscript.
The Journal Selection Matrix, a template, based on the ! Think ✓ Check > Submit checklist, has been designed to assist you with comparing the quality and suitability of journals selected for your next manuscript submission. Use the suggested criteria to develop your own scoring scheme based on your discipline and other relevant criteria.
It is important that as researchers, you are aware of the increasing number of publishers that you should avoid - publishers known as "predatory publishers".
Some predatory publishers have taken the development of the open access author-pays academic publishing model, as an opportunity to make money. These predatory or deceptive publishers are known to:
Although Although Beall's List of Predatory Journals and Publishers was discontinued in 2017, it is being updated anonymously by the following sources with one retaining the original name:
The questions below provide a framework to help determine the quality of journals.Information on this page is adapted from http://thinkchecksubmit.org/check/.
Do you or your colleagues know the journal?
Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
Are articles indexed in services that you use?
Do you recognise the editorial board?
If the journal is open access:
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