Predatory Journals

How can I identify trusted journals and conferences?

Want to check if you can trust a certain journal? Checklist: from  Think. Check. Submit
Think. Check. Submit is a campaign to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research. It is a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher. 
Think. Check. Attend is an initiative that guides researchers and scholars when deciding whether to attend a conference or submit an abstract and present their research.
Lacuna: a database of publishers that have not been indexed in selective bibliographic databases such as Web of Science or Scopus

  • Do you or your colleagues know the journal?
  • Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
  • Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
  • Are articles indexed in services that you use?
  • Is it clear what fees will be charged?
  • Do you recognize the editorial board?
  • Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
  • Can you find the journal at the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) or the Web of Science? 


How do you know a paper is legit? J. West, C. Bergstrom

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