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Before you Publish

It is important to choose which journal you publish in carefully to maximize dissemination, visibility and citations to your research.

Things to consider when looking for a Publisher

  • SciVal Use SciVal to check where other academics are publishing in your subject area, and what journals are in the top percentiles for citations and prominence.
  • Think-Check-Submit There are many predatory journals, promising quick turn arounds of peer-review, high impact factors and indexed by all sorts of companies.  Use the tool "Think-Check-Submit" for guidance on issues to consider.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) If the journal is open access, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)? (quality check)
  • Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA) If the journal is Open Access, does the publisher belong to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA)? (quality check)

Look out for the following warning signs

  • Board of Editors list shows that members are not recognised in their field or that they are affiliated with questionable institutions; however, this should be done with caution, as Board member names may be used without their permission
  • Journals with dubious or non-existent addresses for their registered office
  • Unsolicited email or paper communication inviting publication in journals you don’t know or have never heard of
  • Unsolicited invitations to conferences run by event managers, not professionals in the research area, often at attractive destinations
  • Note – Legitimate new journals acknowledge if they are newly created and do not yet have an impact factor
  • Reputable journals typically will be listed in the Journal Citation Report
  • Resist the temptation to publish quickly and easily in any journal. Be aware of the publication landscape in your research area and the most reputable journals.