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Open access publishing

Open Access publishing & education resources (OER)

A checklist

Before submitting to any journal, you should check:

  • Do you or your colleagues know the journal?
    • Have you read any articles in this journal before?
    • Can you find the journal in PRIMO?
    • Is the name of the journal the same or similar to another journal?
  • Check Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory:
    • To see which databases index or have full-text of the journal. 
    • The journal's ISSN.
  • What can you find out about the journal and the publisher?
    • Can you easily contact them by email, telephone and post?
    • Check that the "impact factors" quoted on the website are correct. SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) will give you journal ranking and other metrics.
    • Who are the editor(s)? Check the editor(s) online academic CV or profile.
    • Is it on The Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) List of Eligible Journals?
  • What type of peer-review processes are used by the journal? 
    • Are the peer-reviewers:
      • independent/external?
      • subject experts in your area or done by an expert editorial board?
    • Warning: Be careful with journals that guarantee acceptance or offer a very short peer review time.
  • What can you find out about fees?
    • What are they for? When will they be charged? How much?
  • Read the Author Guidelines carefully.
    • What does it say about open access, license policy and copyright?
  • Is the publisher a member of:
  • Is it listed on:

More information is available from ‘Think, Check, Submit’

Some resources to help you avoid predatory publishers:

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