Document Type

Working Paper - (Unpublished)

Publication Date

5-7-2013

Abstract

This checklist gives authors a list of quality indicators to assist in the evaluation of journal quality when considering what journal to submit a manuscript to. None of these indicators establish credibility and legitimacy alone, but together may build a body of evidence that will support evaluative judgments. Pay-to-publish models, and charges to publish articles in open-access format have been adopted by legitimate and reputable publishers over time, but the solicitation of manuscripts by new publishers, especially those opaque policies and promising a fast turn around and publication time, and promising peer review have proliferated, and many of these publication venues are questionable at best, unethical to say the least, and minimally, scams. Authors should use caution and consult with librarians and colleagues when considering publication venues.

Comments

Please note: The Directory of Open Access Journals (www.doaj.org) implemented quality criteria for inclusion in early 2015.

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