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Scholarly Publishing & Communication

Guide to resources and tools related to scholarly publications, including information on copyright, open access publishing agreements, publication services, and citation rates.

Evaluating the Quality of Journals Overview

How do I know I'm publishing in a quality journal?

When it comes to publishing your work, evaluating the quality of the journals is essential, regardless of them being Open Access or not. For that, it's important to be aware of different quality indicators and available tools to make sure that you find the best journal for your work. Consider the aspects below compiled by the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) when assessing an open access publisher. A full list with detailed explanations can be found here

  1. Peer review process
  2. Editorial team/contact for information
  3. Author fees
  4. Copyright
  5. Journal's website 
  6. Direct marketing

Identifying Questionable OA Journals

Check out the resources below if you're in doubt about the reliability of a journal or publisher. You can also consult the DOAJ database to verify a journal's reputation.

Quality Open Access Journal Resources

Think Check Submit: Identify Trusted Publishers for Your Research (OASPA)