Choose the right journal or publisher for your research

Are you submitting your research to a trusted publisher?

Is it the right publisher for your work?

  • More research is being published worldwide.
  • New publishers are launched each week.
  • Stories of publisher malpractice and deception are also on the rise.
  • It can be challenging to find up-to-date guidance when choosing where to publish.

How can you be sure the publisher you are considering is the right one for your research?

Reference this list for your chosen publisher to check if it is trusted.

  • Do you or your colleagues know the publisher?
    – Have you read any books or chapters from this publisher before?
    – Is it easy to discover the latest books distributed by this publisher?
  •  – Do you recognise the editors?
    Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
    – Is the publisher name clearly displayed in the front matter of the book and on the  website?
    – Can you contact the publisher by telephone, email, and post?
  • Is the publisher clear on their website about the type of peer review used and if it involves independent/external reviewers?
  •  – Is the publisher offering a review by an expert editorial board or by researchers in your subject area ?
  • Are the books indexed in services that you use?
  • Does the publisher ensure long term archiving and preservation of digital publications, such as via OAPEN or CLOCKSS?
  • Does the publisher explain on their website how they are financially supported?
  • – Is it clear whether or not fees will be charged to authors?
    – If there are charges, does the publisher website give an indication of the amount, currency, explain what these fees are for, and when they will be charged?
  • – Is the publisher website clear if waivers are available?
  • Are guidelines provided for authors on the publisher website?
  • – For open access books, does the publisher have a clear license policy, including any preferred licenses and whether exceptions are permitted depending on the needs of the author?  Are license details also included on their publications?
  • – Is the publisher clear about contracts and royalty agreements, where applicable?
  • – Is the publisher clear about your rights as an author? Can you, for example, make an electronic version of your book or chapter available to the public free of charge via, for example, an institutional repository?
  • – Does the publisher have a clear policy regarding potential conflicts of interest for authors, editors and reviewers?
  • – Is the publisher clear about services offered to authors, such as copyediting and marketing?
  • Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
    – Do they adhere to guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ?
    – If the book will be distributed with open access, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) ?
    – If the publisher offers an open access option, does the publisher belong to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA) ?
    – Is the publisher a member of another trade association?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to most or all of the questions on the list.

Complete the checklist and submit your manuscript only if you are happy you can answer

‘yes’ to most or all of the questions.

  • Your book or chapter should be indexed or archived and be easily discoverable.
  • You should expect a professional publishing experience where your work is
    reviewed and edited.
  • Only then should you submit your manuscript.