When reviewing an open access publisher or journal for quality and legitimacy -- the following should be considered:
1. Peer review
2. Governing Body
3. Editorial team/contact information
4. Author fees
6. Identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct
7. Ownership and management
8. Web site
9. Name of journal
10. Conflicts of interest
12. Revenue sources
14. Publishing schedule
16. Direct marketing
From Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.(OASPA)
A coalition of scholarly publishers and associations collaborated to create this short checklist for authors to refer to when evaluating a journal as a possible place of publication for his research. By asking a few short questions and evaluating the journal according to the checklist, authors can be assured that the journal they are considering, whether subscription-based or open access, will be one of quality, rigor, and respect.
Follow this checklist to make sure you choose trusted journals for your research.
See the Checklist to assess journals
See the Checklist for Books & Chapters
Learn more at: http://thinkchecksubmit.org or watch this short video:
This part of our Scholarly Communications guide is not designed to tell you where to publish but has some suggestions for tools & resources you can use to evaluate journals you may want to publish your research in:
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from more than 20,000 scholarly and technical journals, including more than 2,000 open access journals. It is a source of citation data on journals and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the:
SCImago Journal & Country Ranks (SJR)
The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a publicly available portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains. Journals can be compared or analyzed separately.
This platform takes its name from the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator (PDF), developed by SCImago from the widely known algorithm Google PageRank™. and calculates weighted citations in a given year based on publications in the 3 previous years. This indicator reflects the visibility of the journals contained in the Scopus® database from 1996. The platform includes more than 15,000 titles, including 4500+ open access journals (as of Oct. 2018).
COPE (Committee on Publishing Ethics)
View the member list of publishers & journal editors and associate members at the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) website
View COPE's Core Practices
For more information about impact factors and other bibliometric data, see the Measuring Research Impact page in this guide.