JournalGuide helps researchers find the best journal for their manuscript. Now the free online database has added a verification service to make it easier to evaluate whether journals are not only suitable, but also trustworthy.
This verification service can be particularly helpful when researchers receive emails from unfamiliar journals asking them to submit papers, review papers, or join the editorial board. With JournalGuide, they can quickly check whether the journal has been verified and learn other details about the journal, such as any costs associated with publication.
JournalGuide introduced the verification process to help researchers sift through new journals and avoid any that follow predatory or fraudulent practices. In the past 10 years, the number of open access journals has grown from a few hundred to more than 10,000, according to the Directory of Open Access Journals, so it can be hard to keep track.
The database determines if a journal is verified by confirming whether it is included in a high-value index or vetted by more than one subject-specialized index. Journals that are not verified are not excluded because JournalGuide is a comprehensive database. A detailed white paper on the criteria and process of the verified designation is available here.