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Publishing a Journal Article

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Criteria for evaluating


  • What is the journal’s scope/audience?
    • 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
  • Editor/Editorial board
    • 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
    • Non-standard procedures
    • Length of time for acceptance (days or hours)
    • Requests handling or submission fees before acceptance of article
  • Author fees
    • 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.
  • Copyright
  • Coverage in reputable citation databases (Web of Science, MLA International Bibliography, Sociological Abstracts, etc...)
    • Coverage in Google/Google Scholar, Researchgate, Academia. ed does not count
    • Even aggregated databases such as Ebscohost’s  contains some suspect material