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Predatory Publishers: Where Should I Submit My Research?

Over the past few months Jefferson faculty have reached out to the Scott Memorial Library with questions about publishers who want to publish their manuscripts. Predatory publishers send numerous emails per day inviting faculty to submit their research for publication. This increasingly common phenomenon was covered in a recent New York Times article.

Here are some tips to help you in evaluating where to publish your research:

1. Consult the ever-expanding Beall’s list of predatory publishers and journals:

By Publishers
By Journal titles
View the criteria for inclusion in the list (highly recommended reading)

2. Where is the journal indexed?  Most reputable journals are indexed in major bibliographic databases such as PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science. Journals should list where they are indexed. As popular as Google Scholar and other internet search engines have become, bibliographic databases are still driving forces for indexing and finding scientific literature.

3. Does the journal have any impact factors? Most new journals start receiving impact factors after two years of indexing. You can find impact factors using Journal Citation Reports from the JEFFLINE homepage. Currently, data from 2008-2011 is available online.

4. Processing fees. Does the journal mention an article processing fee? If yes, are the fees listed or do you have to email them to inquire?  How transparent is the process of publishing?

5. Your colleagues. Have your colleagues published in the journal? Do you recognize any of the faculty on the editorial board or recent table of contents?

When in doubt contact a librarian at Scott Memorial Library who can help find reputable journals for publishing your manuscripts.

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