Following are suggestions on how to determine an open access journal’s basic solidity and dependability. This guide does not address subject suitability concerns, as those vary widely for each individual. We offer guidance on where to look for authoritative indicators about a journal’s basic trustworthiness. We incorporate several sources in this set of instructions (cited at the bottom of the document.)
Check these highly credible and prestigious sources for inclusion of your journal title. The presence of your journal as a member of these entities gives a strong indication of journal credibility because these sources all require detailed ethical standards and quality best practices for editors and publishers.
A lesser but still useful option is to check for journal title inclusion in these five sources, which confirm at least a minimum of standards and quality. These provide journal metrics sources which offer specific paths for more detailed analysis of journal qualities.
Inclusion in this source meets a minimum level of recognition for the existence of a journal and does not actually imply much credibility. However it is a source of VERY useful information about the details of a journal which will help in answering some of the positive and negative journal questions in the next section.
Positive Questions help to establish the credibility and authority of a journal. "Yes" answers to positive questions are standard outcomes for scholarly journals. Any question to which you cannot answer "yes" may be reason to investigate further.
Negative questions help to identify gaps in a journal's or a publisher's credibility and authority. A "yes" answer to any of the negative questions should be concerning. "Yes" answers to multiple negative questions should raise strong concerns about a journal's standards for editing and/or publishing and its suitability as a vehicle for scholarly research.
Positive Journal Questions
Negative Journal Questions
The sources of questions and topics in the "Questions to answer about your journal" section are:
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