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Open access publishing

Open Access publishing & education resources (OER)

A checklist, getting help and further reading

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 journal is in fact indexed in the databases in which it claims.

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 or Beall's list of predatory journals & publishers**. Please note that these lists are not definitive and may not be up to date. The reason(s) for including specific journals or publishers are not stated and users should conduct due diligence in this regard.

** Beall's List - published by Jeffrey Beall (University of Colorado, Library) was discontinued in early 2017, but is updated anonymously on this site.

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

Getting help:

The Library's Faculty staff can often provide advice about publishers to avoid, and assist authors identify alternative journals.

Further reading:

Dadkhah, M., Maliszewski, T., & Teixeira da Silva, J. A. (2016). Hijacked journals, hijacked web-sites, journal phishing, misleading metrics, and predatory publishing: actual and potential threats to academic integrity and publishing ethics. Forensic Sci Med Pathol, 12(3), 353-362. doi:10.1007/s12024-016-9785-x

Butler, D. (2013). Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing. Nature, 495(7442), 433-435. Retrieved from:

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

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