Assess the quality of a scholarly journal
Researchers can choose from tens of thousands of scholarly journals to disseminate their research results. It is not always easy to find out which ones are reliable.
- Think. Check. Submit is a checklist to help you identify the right journal for your research.
- Does Web of Science list the journal? Does it have an impact factor?
- Does VABB list the journal?
- Is the journal a member of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)? Members adhere to the Core practices
- Does a learned society sponsor the journal?
- Is the publisher or journal one of the signatories of the Transparency & Openness Promotion Initiatief (TOP)?
- Have (many of) your trusted peers published in this journal?
Open access journals
Peer reviewed Open Access Journals are as reliable as typical toll access journals. However, charging APC's is an attractive business model that draws some online publishers to fraud. There have been several accounts of journals whose sole aim is 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 questionable organisations, and to do an extra quality check on publications in these journals when they are listed in a CV.
Some sources to help you choose qualitative open access journals:
- The Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ is a reliable list of open access journals. DOAJ tests every journal against the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.
- Is the publisher a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA)? Members have to fulfil certain criteria.
- Check Web of Science: search for a topic in Web of Science, click on the "Open Access" limiter (choose gold or bronze) on the left hand side of the screen with search results, analyse the search results to see which open access journals are most popular within your area of research.
- Specifically for the social sciences and humanities: is the journal accepted in VABB-SHW?
Life sciences: JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator) suggests possible journals to publish in on the basis of your article title or abstract.
Comparing VABB-SHW (version VII) with Beall’s lists and DOAJ, Linda Sīle, Raf Guns and Tim C.E. Engels.
Last modified Feb. 4, 2020, 5:42 p.m.