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While the classification of Peer Reviewed or Refereed (terms are used interchangeably) is an indication of some type of review, dig a little deeper. These designations are reported by journal publishers to vendors, but what they mean can vary. The term Scholarly generally indicates an academic focus with a focus on reporting original research, authored by experts, for experts.
Things to consider:
- Are the reviewers named for a specific journal or only as an advisory board for the publisher in general?
- What is the manuscript acceptance rate?
- If acceptance happens very quickly with few revisions, how much review is actually happening?
- Does the journal require underlying data to be included or made available?
- Does the journal check for image manipulation?
- How does the journal deal with allegations of errors or misconduct?
- Is a subscription to the journal required for publication? Is there a fee for review?
Have you received an invitation to publish in a particular journal that you are unfamiliar with? Read this first!
Journal quality is not soley determined by impact factor and number of times cited. Those numbers can be gamed and as large multinational publishers start purchasing open access journals the waters have become really murky. The investigative article Who's Afraid of Peer Review explains in more detail.
- Criteria for determining predatory publishers
Compiled by Jeffrey Beall, University of Colorado Denver as a critical analysis of scholarly, open-access publishing.
- Follow the Money
An interactive map of John Bohannon's research for Science shows that a journal's publisher, editor and bank account are often worlds apart.
- Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access journals
List of questionable, scholarly open-access journals and publishers. We recommend that scholars read the available reviews, assessments and descriptions provided here, and then decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards.
- Retraction Watch
Blog founded by veteran science writers Ivan Oransky and Adam Markus to "track retractions as a window into the scientific process." ~ Retraction Watch
- Who's Afraid of Peer Review
A spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals.
- ABDC Business Journal Quality List 2013
The ABDC Journal Quality List 2013 comprises 2,767 different journal titles, divided into four categories of quality, A*: 6.9%; A: 20.8%; B: 28.4%; and C: 43.9% journals. In each Field of Research (FoR) group, journals deemed NOT to reach the quality threshold level are not listed. Next review expected to occur in 2016-17
- Digital Commons Network
The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide.
- Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ defines open access journals as journals that "use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access." While this can be a useful listing, it is not a guarantee. Predatory publishers do slip through the cracks. Ask questions, be vigilant.
- Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
This index, incorporated into Web of Science, will make discoverable journal literature that is currently being evaluated for inclusion in the core Science, Social Science, and Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes. This will take into consideration emerging research journals and represent the research from emerging global markets.
Journal Rate is a searchable database of thousands of academic journals helping researchers in all fields find the appropriate journal to submit their research to.
- Professor Anne-Wil Harzing Journal Quality List
The Journal Quality List is a collation of journal rankings from a variety of sources in the areas of Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management, and Marketing. It is published primarily to assist academics to target papers at journals of an appropriate standard.
Ulrichsweb™ helps librarians and patrons avoid the frustration and time-consuming process of gathering serials information in bits and pieces from multiple sources. Only Ulrichsweb brings together the latest bibliographic and provider details you need in one location
- Web of Science End Note Manuscript Matcher
This as a solution to support individuals looking to publish by providing intuitive recommendations of the world’s most influential journals that match the content of their manuscript.
- Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses)
Index to doctoral dissertations and master's theses from North America and Europe. Dissertations and Theses (OhioLINK) - see Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center.
- Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
International organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). We support electronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide.