Not Sure of the Journal or Publisher?
Use the Think-Check-Submit checklist. Review it before submitting work or agreeing to serve as a reviewer. A few minutes can save your research reputation! (Considering an open access journal? Check our guide first!)
A few important questions from the Think-Check-Submit checklist are below.
The questions above are important consider in your evaluation of a publisher/publication. No single consideration is more important than the others. Publishing is a complex business, and these questions are designed to work in conjunction with each other to give you an overall picture of a publishing organization.
If you aren't sure about a publisher, a fine practice is to contact the editor-in-chief of the journal, or the subject editor for a monograph. Also, use your common sense when evaluating the publisher's website and when using Google to find criticisms. Talk to your librarian or set up a consultation with the scholarly communication and publishing librarian for more information.
Many publishers are members of trade groups or publishing organizations. Some of the best known of these groups are listed below. In addition, a link to Cabell's, a well-known directory of journals, and a link to Journal Citation Reports, are provided. Use these resources to help you identify best places for you to publish.
Note: Several organizations listed below--DOAJ, OASPA, and WAME--helped develop the "Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing" that can 1) assist authors in evaluating publishers and publications, and 2) help potential editors and reviewers make informed decisions about service opportunities.
For monographs, find out if any of the publisher's books have won awards. Also, look for book reviews of their titles in relevant databases.
For further assistance, talk to your subject librarian. Subject librarians can suggest references that will help you identify and evaluate publishing opportunities, such as The Directory of Small Press & Magazine Editors & Publishers and other publishing directories.