Researchers regularly receive invitations to submit their manuscripts to journals they’ve never heard of. Publication opportunities have proliferated as journals have become more specialized and new information technologies – coupled with low marginal costs of online distribution – have lowered the barriers to entry to the academic journal publishing market. Many of these new entrants are open access and many of them are reputable. But not all of them.
I want to draw your attention to a couple of new resources useful for identifying the characteristics of reputable journals.
- Our colleagues in the UW Health Sciences Library have prepared an excellent and brief guide to help authors identify the characteristics of reputable journals. Check out Identifying Reputable Journals.
- The 3rd version of the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing was released this month. A collaborative product of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the shared Principles of Transparency help clarify what these organizations consider to be hallmarks of reputable scholarly publishers.
- The UW Libraries can also help answer questions about specific journals for UW authors. You can find contact information for the Subject Librarian assigned to your department here. Or send a message to the Libraries” Ask Us