Not all publishers are the same. Whether traditional subscription, open access, hybrid, or monographic, it's important to evaluate a publisher before agreeing to publish anything with them.
All authors, editors, and reviewers are encouraged be familiar with guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics: Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.
See our list of Frequently Asked Questions about Open Access Journals for answers to 10 commonly asked questions.
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.