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Journal Evaluation

Journal Evaluation Introduction

Before using that article for a journal club or sending off your manuscript to an unknown journal, it's a good idea to evaluate the journal's credentials. 

While the growth of online publications have contributed to the ease and speed of publishing study findings, it has also increased the number of publishers who do not follow scholarly best practices or worse, are predatory in their practices.

Below we've listed some library resources that you can use to evaluate the journal before you cite that article, present at that journal club, or publish an article.

Is the journal recognized as scholarly?

**IMPORTANT NOTE: When looking up a journal, check that the title and ISSN match the journal as listed. One common device that predatory publishers use is to create titles that are extremely similar to well-known, respected journals with only a slight variation.**

Does the journal have a transparent publication process?

  • Clearly described peer-review & editorial review processes
  • Reasonable acceptance rate
  • Editorial board of respected scholars in the discipline who also claim board membership
  • Clear explanation of fees & associated publication costs
  • Publisher subscribes to industry best practices

How is the journal viewed within the discipline?

Use the following resources along with the journal's website to determine how the journal is viewed within the discipline and what to expect when you publish with the journal. Do they charge a fee for article publication? Will the article be open access or embargoed for a time period first? Some of the following resources can help.

What is the Journal's Influence

Other Journal Evaluation Tools

Journal Evaluation Library Class