Answered By: Kelsey Hensler
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2024     Views: 39

Is the journal listed in a major database?

If not, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is the publisher promising a quick turnaround? A quick turnaround time may mean that the publisher is not thoroughly editing the manuscript or rigorously following the peer-review process.
  • Did the publishers solicit a manuscript submission through email? If so, was the email clear about why they wanted a manuscript from you? Does the email have spelling or grammatical errors? Any of these things are red flags that the journal may be questionable.
  • Is the publisher transparent about publication fees? There are some questionable journals who will ask for a publication fee after you have submitted your manuscript.
  • Does the journal have an impact factor in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database? Not every journal will have an impact factor, but if a journal is claiming to have one, be sure to confirm the impact factor is legitimate by searching the official JCR database.
  • Are your colleagues familiar with the journal? You or your colleagues should be aware of the journal as a publication they would read, publish in or cite regularly.

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