Get a suspicious invitation to publish? Find a new journal and want to know if it meets your quality standards? We developed this checklist to help potential authors determine whether a journal or publisher is potentially predatory or of low quality. You should not use only one item from this checklist to pass judgment; for example, new publishers and journals don't have many articles or books published, but may otherwise be high quality. Look at all the factors, and please call or email if you would like assistance.
For journal articles, how many articles has the journal published?
Is the fee reasonable?
What company owns and produces this journal or book?
Are articles and chapters peer reviewed before acceptance?
What associations or OA alliances does the journal or publisher have?
Who is on their editorial board and staff?
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This checklist was created by Brandi Tuttle at the Duke University Medical Center LIbrary & Archives.
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