1. Check out Journal Website


  • Does it look like professional and provide adequate information?
  • Name of Journal & Scope
  • Past issues – Publishing History
  • Quality of Previous Publications
  • Principles of Transparency
  • Editorial Board & Contact Info
  • Copyright & Archiving Policies
  • Instructions to Authors
  • Member of COPE? (Committee on Publication Ethics)
  • Peer Review Process
  •  Around Time – is it too quick?
  •  the journal adhere to ethical principles?
  • Check the Impact factor of the journal (Thomson Reuters)
  • Journal Citation Reports
  • SciMago
  • Check Ulrichs Serials Directory
  • Beware of Publication Phishing (Emails or other communications soliciting your authorship)
  • If Planning to publish in OA journals please be aware of Predatory Publishers
    • Provide unfettered (freely accessible) access to all peer-reviewed articles.
    • Member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association OR adhere to its Code of Conduct.
    • Offer a standard article fee schedule for public view.
    • Have a policy to waive fees in cases of economic hardship.
    • Allows the author(s) retain their copyright.
    • Indexed by – Directory of Open Access Journals


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