Assess the quality of a scholarly journal

Researchers can choose from tens of thousands of scholarly journals to disseminate their research results. It's not always easy to find out which ones are reliable.

General guidelines

Open access journals

Some additional sources to help you choose qualitative open access journals:

Peer reviewed Open Access Journals are usually as reliable as typical toll access journals. However, charging APCs is an attractive business model that draws some online publishers to fraud. So-called predatory journals want to gain money from authors without offering the service promised, namely peer-review, safeguarding research integrity or disseminating the publication via suited channels. These journals are called predatory journals. Ghent University advises her researchers not to respond to requests to publish, review or advertise from such journals, and to do an extra quality check on publications in these journals when they are listed in a CV.

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