is in the same subject area as the journal. Note that "subject areas" can be wide or very narrow.
follows a particular approach, theory or methodology as required by the journal.
is aimed at the same audience as articles in the journal. For for example, academic researchers in psychology, not practicing psychologists.
Journal title and content
Is the content reflective of the title and stated scope of the journal?
Titles may be similar to legitimate journals J of Social Issues and Humanities / Journal of Social Issues
Titles may combine disciplines in unusual ways Int J of Arts and Commerce
Misleading titles – American or British or Canadian Journal of –would expect a national affiliation
Do you recognized any of the individuals involved? Qualifications? Do your research. People listed as editors “Andrew Christopher” Reed Anglia U
Contact info sketchy – do they use gmail or Hotmail address
Any university or reputable scholarly association affiliation? Can the stated affiliation be verified?
Same editorial board for a number of journals
Website appearance and quality
Language, Professionalism, If there’s advertising, is it appropriate
Publisher’s name may be similar to legitimate publisher – Canadian Science Publishing (legit) Canadian Science and Technology Press (not)
Check the domain name or URL of the journal.
Peer review process and standards
Length of time for acceptance (days or hours)
Requests handling or submission fees before acceptance of article
Any fees or charges that are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in the journal shall be clearly stated in a place that is easy for potential authors to find prior to submitting their manuscripts for review or explained to authors before they begin preparing their manuscript for submission.