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Predatory Publishing

Characteristics of Reputable Journals

If you're unsure about a journal, keep in mind that reputable publishers usually have some of the following characteristics: 

  • The journal is affiliated with or was established by a scholarly or academic institution or organization.
  • Possess a verifiable ISSN number
  • Articles have verifiable DOIs.
  • The journal has an impact factor.
  • The journal is listed in legitimate indexing services or databases.
  • The journal's scope is well defined and clearly written on it's website.
  • The editors and the editorial board consist of recognized experts in the field.
  • The peer-review process is rigorous and clearly explained on website.
  • The fee structure is clearly explained and is easily found on the website.
  • The copyright and usage rights are clearly stated (e.g. Creative Commons License CC By license)
  • If it is an open access publication, the journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
    • Note: Some questionable journals also appear in directories such as DOAJ, so this should not be your only criteria when evaluating journals.
  • The publisher is a member of Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).
  • The contact information is clearly provided.

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