Simply select one of the above tabs for tools that can help you to verify or critically evaluate the legitimacy of an Open Access journal and to determine if the journal is right for your research and publication.
The objectives of this guide:
The short video below reviews the process of evaluating if a journal is right for your research and publication. In addition, this page includes an easy-to-use checklist to determine if a journal can be trusted.
A coalition of scholarly publishers and associations work together to create a simple checklist (Think. Check. Submit.) to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research. Watch the short 2 min video for tips to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.
|Ask yourself, can you trust this journal with your research? Does the journal publisher research you would read yourself?|
|Do you or your colleagues know the journal? Can you easily contact the publisher? Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses? Are the articles indexed in databases that you use? Is it clear what fees will be charged? Do you know the names or reputations of the editorial board members? Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
|If you can answer yes to most or all of these questions, then submit!|
NLM Catalog: Journals referenced in the NCBI Databases
The characteristics of a legitimate OA journal found in the NLM Catalog
The characteristics of a questionable OA journal found in the NLM Catalog
Is your Journal indexed in any of these databases? Search in one of the databases below ito determine if your OA Journal is indexed.
Reputable Journal Impact Factor Metrics - Use one of the metric tools below to identify the impact factor of an OA journal.
Other Resource Tools
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Overall Approach to Choosing the Journal
This 3 minute short video provides a brief history of why open access is vital to the academic community.
NIH Grants Policy Statement - 8.2 Availability of Research Results: Publications, Intellectual Property Rights, and Sharing Research Resources.
NIH urges grantees to publish only in credible journals, Global Health Matters Newsletter, November / December 2017 | Volume 16, Issue 6.
Continuing Steps to Ensuring Credibility of NIH Research: Selecting Journals with Credible Practices. Open Mike blog post by Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research, November 8, 2017.
Calling on librarians to help ensure the credibility of published research results
National Library of Medicine (NLM)/NIH blog post, November 7, 2017