Directories provide authoritative listings of journals. Two directories play useful roles in determining journal quality. The first, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, is a comprehensive source for basic information on current academic journals and other magazines and serials. The second, the Directory of Open Access Journals, is the most complete listing for open access journals which have achieved at least basic transparency and best practices. Third is JournalGuide, a journal data
Both directories are described below.
Ulrich's contains many types of information about journals but some of the more useful categories are:
JournalGuide is a free directory of journal profile pages, searchable by key words, journal titles, and disciplines. The tool's purpose is to help authors find quality journals in which to publish and serve as editors and reviewers.
JournalGuide was developed by Research Square which has also developed the Rubriq peer review system.
The DOAJ also has a Seal of Approval for those open access journals which achieve a high level of openness, and which adhere to best practices and high publishing standards by complying with 7 conditions:
The DOAJ maintains a list of journals that have received the Seal.
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