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Evaluating Journals Before You Publish

Learn how to spot potential predatory publishers and hijacked journals before you submit your articles for publication.

The Bare Minimum

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Read and understand the fine print before you sign any contracts or submit any articles! Don’t let yourself be pressured into submitting before you’re ready.


Evaluate the Journal

  • Search the web
  • Check black and white lists for the journal name
  • See if the website looks professional
  • Look over the review policy
  • Make sure the author fees are spelled out clearly
  • Look up the editorial board*
  • Verify where the journal is indexed*

Evaluate the Publisher

  • Search the web
  • Look up contact information*—find on a map, try calling the phone number

*Verify all claims, even if they appear legitimate.