Unfortunately, there is not one simple tool that can ensure you pick the best place to publish your research. Rather, as discussed above, there are several considerations an author must contemplate in order to find the most appropriate publishing venue. The resources below offer a good starting point for finding journals in your field, and ultimately the right journal for your research.
This tool helps researchers identify trusted journals and publishers for their research. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications.
Use the ISSN registry to verify that the journal title you are evaluating is actually registred under the advertised ISSN.
"Predatory" publishing often occurs on a scale of journal quality, rather than as a black and white distinction. (From: IAP, Combatting Predatory Journals and Conferences, https://www.interacademies.org/sites/default/files/2022-03/1.%20Full%20report%20-%20English%20FINAL.pdf)
Predatory publishers exploit the academic need to publish but offer little reward for those using their services. By operating a business model that involves charging publication fees without providing the same level of editorial and publishing services offered by legitimate journals, these publishers take advantage of the “publish or perish” mentality held by many in academia.
Predatory publishers have similar warning signs:
Apart from the lack of best practices, predatory publishers can affect your work in the long-term.