When evaluating scholarly journals, try to find as many of these positive indicators as possible.
A note about PubMed journals. Some predatory journals may show up in PubMed due to Public Access policies but are not INDEXED by PubMed. To find journals 'indexed' in PubMed, go here. Search the title and look under Current indexing status (example below). Contact the Library for assistance.
Here are some definite red flags to consider.
Follow the Think! Check! Submit! guidance - see in particular the Checklist - which will help you assess whether a journal operates according to proper scholarly practice. Do this before you submit your manuscript. And there is one for predatory conferences too - called Think Check Attend! For additional help, contact the Carpenter Library.
Web of Science Journal Metrics
Scopus (free) Journal Metrics
Sherpa/Romeo - RoMEO is a searchable database of publisher's policies regarding the self- archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories.
Google Maps - Look at the street view of a publishers address using Google Maps. Does it look like the type of office you would expect a publisher to operate from?
Consider the database inclusion criteria:
Note: These services are not comprehensive. Maintaining lists of predatory journals and publishers is a risky task and is highly controversial. If you would like assistance in identifying predatory journals, contact a librarian.
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