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Evaluating Authors, Articles, and Journals

Information about assessing researchers, publications, and journals and increasing the impact of your scholarship.

Where to Publish

Identifying Publishing Opportunities

When you are ready to publish your research, it is important to find the appropriate place to do so.  Identifying a fitting publication for research can be a time-consuming task, especially if your research is cross disciplinary or if you are looking to publish in different venues than you have previously published. When selecting a publication for your research, there are several factors to consider:

  • Who is the target audience for your research?  Where does that audience go to read new publications in their field?
  • What is the scope of the journal?  Does your research fit within the subject matter?  Is your research similar to others that have been previously published within that journal?
  • Where was the material you cited in your research published?
  • Is openness important to you? Are you wanting to maximize the reach of your research by publishing in an open access journal?

Taking these factors into account can help you to make the most informed decision possible.  Once you have considered these issues, you can look more closely at specific details regarding individual publications, such as impact factor, indexing, and author rights. If you have questions along the way, check with your liaison librarian to help you through the process. 


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Assessing Quality

Tips for Evaluating Journal Legitimacy 

Whether a journal "predatory" or not is often not quite as clear as we would hope. Most journals exist in the grey area between high quality and predatory. Here are some tips and resources to help you decide. Still need assistance? Contact Jess Newman, Research Data and Scholarly Communications Librarian at

  1. Is the journal indexed in well known databases, such as Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, or DOAJ (for OA titles)?
    • It takes time for journals to be included in these services, so the journal in question may be new. However, if it is not indexed in a major service it will be difficult for readers to find your article.
  2. Can you easily identify and contact the publisher from the journal's website? Do they publish any other titles that you could review for legitimacy?
  3. Is the peer-review process clearly stated?
    • If there is no peer-review process, or a suspiciously short review period, this is a red flag.
  4. Are you familiar with members of the editorial board? Do personal profiles of the board members mention the publisher or journal title?
    • Many predatory publishers make up editorial board members or include them without their knowledge.
  5. Is the journal title or logo extremely similar (or even identical) to a well-known title?
  6. Does the ISSN match the journal title?
    • Check here to verify who the ISSN is registered to.
  7. Can you verify any listed journal impact metrics such as the CiteScore from Scopus?
    • Note that some metrics are only provided by specific sources, such as the JIF from Web of Science. See here for a list of metrics and their sources.



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