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Journal Publishing Options


This guide contains resources targeted for authors who are considering submitting a manuscript for peer review. 

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Predatory Journals

Predatory publishers are exploitative publishers charging excess publication fees to authors without offering the usual editorial and publishing support associated with legitimate journals.  There isn't a single definitive list of predatory publishers available.

  • Check to see if the journal is included in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals). Journals included in the DOAJ must exercise quality control on submitted papers and meet additional standards of quality.
  • Check to see if the publisher is a member of OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association). Members of OASPA are expected to adhere to the OASPA Professional Code of Conduct.
  • Check to see if the journal's publisher is a member of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).
  • Check Ulrichsweb or publisher websites to find out if the journal is peer-reviewed and what databases it is indexed in.
  • Check SJR (SCImago Journal Rank). An open access metric that ranks journals contained in the Scopus database from 1996 to the present.

Review red flags for recognizing predatory publishers:

  • You don't recognize or cannot find out about authors or members of the editorial board.
  • The journal is not affiliated with a university or a scholarly organization you are familiar with.
  • You cannot easily identify author processing fees and/or how much they cost.
  • The journal doesn't look professional - look for an ISSN and DOIs for individual articles.
  • You cannot easily find contact information.

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