Choose the right journal or publisher for your research

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Think. Check. Submit. helps researchers identify trusted journals and publishers for their research. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications.

If you are interested in getting involved, contact feedback@thinkchecksubmit.org

The campaign has been produced with the support of a coalition from across scholarly communications in response to discussions about deceptive publishing.

To find out more about Think. Check. Attend., an initiative that guides researchers and scholars when deciding whether to attend a conference or submit an abstract and present their research, see our Think. Check. Attend. page.

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FAQ

Why Think. Check. Submit.?
Not all researchers receive the same level of training and support in how to choose a trustworthy book or journal to submit their work to. Think. Check. Submit.provides an easy-to-use checklist that researchers can refer to when they are investigating whether a venue for their research can be trusted.

How do I know if a publisher is predatory and what does that mean?
Unfortunately, predatory publishers and journals have a variety of characteristics and names which makes identifying them difficult. However, there are resources and initiatives, such as Think. Check. Submit., which will help you make an informed decision. Look at our checklists for books and journals as a start.

How can I confirm a publisher’s address?
Most publishers’ websites should include a contact address. By using an online map service, such as Google Maps’ Street View, you can confirm whether this looks like a legitimate business address such as an office complex, rather than a personal address or a P.O. Box service.

Which journal should I submit to? Which should I avoid?
There is no definitive answer to this question – with new titles launching daily it is almost impossible to stay on top of the latest journals in each field.

It is up to you to decide which journal is right for your work but you can also speak to faculty, colleagues, librarians and consult official lists of journals to make an informed decision. Our checklist is designed to help you identify which journals in your discipline are trustworthy and are therefore more likely to help with the visibility and dissemination of your research.

Which book publisher should I work with? Which should I avoid?
Our checklist is designed to walk you through the questions you should be asking yourself when selecting a publisher to submit your manuscript to.

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  • Mentioning the campaign in author workshops

If you would like to support Think. Check. Submit. further, please contact us at feedback@thinkchecksubmit.org.

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