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Scholarly Communication: Evaluating Journals for publication

This guide contains information about scholarly communication issues and challenges, including open access, author rights, copyright and institutional repositories

Evaluating Journals

Changing publishing models, including the rise of open access journals, have reshaped the ways in which scholars share and use journal articles. The author-pays model of some open access publications did not give rise to predatory or vanity publishing as is often claimed nor are such problems exclusive to open access publishing. Even traditional subscription journals should be carefully analyzed for quality. Librarians should be aware of the various quality indicators and tools that are available for use by their constituents in evaluating potential places of publication.

Source: ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit: Evaluating Journals 

Journal Evaluation Resources

Journal Evaluation Tool
The changing mechanisms of scholarly publishing may make it difficult for you to determine where to publish the results of your research or creative works. In order to assist you in making the best decisions for your work, and to avoid journals that may not be credible, the William H. Hannon Library has developed a rubric for the evaluation of journals. Our focus during the development of this tool was specifically to address the concerns of our Loyola Marymount University faculty about Open Access journals, but this rubric may be applied more broadly to any kind of journal.

Identifying Publication Venues

Review slides from Library workshop offered on Evaluating Credibility Of Open Access Journals

Shilpa Rele, Scholarly Communication Librarian and Data Curation Librarian
Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian

Learning Outcomes:
Learn the importance of open access publishing
Learn some strategies for identifying (top) journals for publication
Learn about what to look for in identifying and avoiding predatory publishers
Be introduced to resources to help with evaluating open access journals