JOURNALS: PREDATORY JOURNALS :
PERIODICALS: ASSESSMENTS :
PERIODICALS: QUALITY :
RESEARCH METHODS :
MEDIA LITERACY :
Techniques for Judging Journal Quality
and If a Journal is a Predatory Journal
This post contains a complete discussion on this topic that was posted to the MedLib-L discussion group of medical librarians and is reposted here with the author’s permission.
First this link in a Google Web serach to definitions and more regarding what constitutes a predatory journal:
and this one as well
Here is the post from Amanda Page
On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM, Page, Amanda <Amanda_Page@hms.harvard.edu> wrote:
While I personally don’t go to Beall for a source, I do refer to other sources to follow through on the accuracy of predatory publishers and journals.
I hope this helps, but I recognize that is my own personal process for journal and publisher assessment, and that everyone has his/her own process.
Perhaps this will be of use to you:
What are the ethics of the new journal?
OASPA (member list):
Do they have a description for author guidelines, submission, or copyright?
Does the journal list any metrics?
Has the publisher submitted an application for an impact factor (this applies for young journals).
Other factors I may look at:
How long is the list of editors for the journal, and can these editors be found through staff directories?
(I have found that some journals list editors with false affiliations, and this is one way of checking reliability of the journal and publisher.)
Is the journal content relevant to journal subject matter, and is it relevant? Predatory publishers sometimes plagiarize journal articles, and one sign of this is that the article content isn’t current and doesn’t match the publication’s stated subject matter.
(For example, a predatory publisher’s site lists internal medicine as the focus, but an article is about agriculture, and has an obscure title such as “focus on science and medicine.” This doesn’t happen often, but I have run across it- and later research always proves that the publisher is predatory and plagiarizes articles.)
If it is a new journal, is this journal in the process of getting metrics? (See above. If it is, that is a positive sign of credibility).
Depending on subject matter, does the publisher apply for acceptance into the NLM catalog for other published journals? (Applicable only for certain publishers).
Other Standards and regulatory committees may be considered.
There are plenty of start-up OA (and traditional) journals that are worthy and credible, but new, and so checking the editors and subject matter can be worthwhile.
From my experience, sometimes the OA publisher turns out to be predatory, and sometimes it is just fledgling.
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Links to more published sources regarding predatory journals:
Google Blog Search
Google Domain Limited Web Search (BLOGS)
Google Domain Limited Web Search (GOV)
Google Domain Limited Web Search (JSTOR)
Google Domain Limited Web Search (SCIENCEDIRECT)
Google Domain Limited Web Search (PUBMED)
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