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.
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:
Cabell's Whitelist is a free source of reputable journals. Currently, Cabell's Blacklist (a fee-based service) is not as comprehensive as it should be. Maintaining lists of predatory journals and publishers is a daunting and risky task. The confusing and controversial disappearance of the famous Beall's list of Predatory Journals is a good example of this.
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