Before publishing with any journal, you should check that:
|The journal has an ISSN in Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory|
|It is indexed in established databases related to that discipline. This information is also available in Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.|
|If Open Access, the journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)|
|The journal does not claim pseudo ‘journal impact factors’ from organisations such as the Global Institute for Scientific Information (GISI).|
The editor(s) have been legitimately appointed. Check the editor(s) online academic CV or profile for accuracy or authenticity.
The journal and publisher are not listed in the Stop predatory journals website. Please note that this list is not definitive and may not be current.
Further information is available from ‘Think, Check, Submit’
The Library's Faculty Liaison staff can often provide advice about publishers to avoid, and assist authors identify alternative journals.
A news feature published in the journal Nature - Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing - provides a ‘checklist to identify reputable publishers’ (Butler, 2013, p.435).
Butler, D. (2013). Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing. Nature, 495(7442), 433-435. Retrieved from: http://www.nature.com/news/investigating-journals-the-dark-side-of-publishing-1.12666
Mercier, E., Tardif, P.-A., Moore, L., Le Sage, N., & Cameron, P. A. (2017). Invitations received from potential predatory publishers and fraudulent conferences: a 12-month early-career researcher experience. Postgraduate Medical Journal. doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2017-135097
Some ‘predatory or deceptive publishers’ have taken the development of the open access author-pays academic publishing model, as an opportunity to make money.
Predatory or deceptive publishers are known to: