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Publishing: Checklists and Other Resources


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Reference this list for your chosen journal to check if it is trusted

  • Do you or your colleagues know the journal?
    – Have you read any articles in the journal before?
    – Is it easy to discover the latest papers in the journal?
  • Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
    – Is the publisher name clearly displayed on the journal website?
    – Can you contact the publisher by telephone, email, and post?
  • Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
  • Are articles indexed in services that you use?
  • Is it clear what fees will be charged?
    – Does the journal site explain what these fees are for and when they will be
  • Do you recognise the editorial board?
    – Have you heard of the editorial board members?
    – Do the editorial board mention the journal on their own websites?
  • Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
    – Do they belong to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ?
    – If the journal is open access, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access
    Journals (DOAJ) ?
    – If the journal is open access, does the publisher belong to the Open Access
    Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA) ?

31 Things to Consider when Choosing which Journal

The 31 criteria outlined in the this document are grouped into five categories:

  • the scope of a journal
  • its review processes
  • whether it's open or closed access
  • its coverage, scale and style issues
  • the journal’s dissemination and impact

Read more here: Thirty-one things to consider when choosing which journal to submit your paper


Checklist to Identify Reputable Publishers

From Butler, D (2013). The dark side of publishing.

  • Check that the publisher provides full, verifiable contact information, including address, on the journal site. Be cautious of those that provide only web contact forms
  • Check that a journal’s editorial board lists recognized experts
  • Check that the journal prominently displays its policy for author fees
  • Be wary of e-mail invitations to submit to journals or to become editorial board members.
  • Read some of the journal’s published articles and assess their quality. Contact past authors to ask about their experience
  • Check that a journal’s peer-review process is clearly described and try to confirm that a claimed impact factor is correct
  • Find out whether the journal is a member of an industry association that vets its members, such as the Checklist to Identify Reputable Publishers
  • Directory of Open Access Journals ( or the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  • Use common sense, as you would when shopping online: if something looks fishy, proceed with caution.

Publons Journal List

Publons is a website and free service for researchers to share, discuss and receive credit for peer review and editing of academic publications. Publons's mission is to "speed up science by making peer review faster, more efficient, and more effective".

Publons’ Journal List is a positive and dynamic alternative to Beall’s list.

It not only includes information collected about vetted partners, but also data contributed by reviewers in the Publons community.

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