Choose the right journal or publisher for your research


The checklist is a tool that will help you discover what you need to know when assessing whether or not a journal is a suitable venue for your research.

Are you submitting your research to a trusted journal?
Is it the right journal for your work?

  • More research is being published worldwide.
  • New journals are launched each week.
  • Many researchers have concerns about predatory publishing.
  • It can be challenging to find up-to-date guidance when choosing where to publish.

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

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

  • Do you or your colleagues know the journal?
    – Have you read any articles in the journal before?
    – Is it easy to discover the latest papers in the journal?
    – Name of journal: is the journal name the same as or easily confused with that of another?
    – Can you cross check with information about the journal in the ISSN portal?
  • Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
    – Is the publisher name clearly displayed on the journal website?
    – Can you contact the publisher by telephone, email, and post?
  • Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
    – Does the website mention whether the process involves independent/external reviewers, how many reviewers per paper?
    – Is the publisher offering a review by an expert editorial board or by researchers in your subject area?
    – Does the journal guarantee acceptance or a very short peer review time?
  • Are articles indexed and/or archived in dedicated services?
    – Will your work be indexed/archived in an easily discoverable database?
    – Does the publisher ensure long term archiving and preservation of digital publications?
    – Does the publisher use permanent digital identifiers?
  • Is it clear what fees will be charged?
    – Does the journal site explain what these fees are for and when they will be charged?
    – Does the publisher explain on their website how they are financially supported?
    – Do they mention the currency and amount of any fees?
    – Does the publisher website explain whether or not waivers are available?
  • Are guidelines provided for authors on the publisher website?
    – For open access journals, does the publisher have a clear license policy? Are there preferred licenses? Are there exceptions permitted depending on the needs of the author? Are license details included on all publications?
    – Does the publisher allow you to retain copyright of your work? Can you share your work via, for example, an institutional repository, and under what terms?
    – Does the publisher have a clear policy regarding potential conflicts of interest for authors, editors and reviewers?
    – Can you tell what formats your paper will be available in? (e.g. HTML, XML, PDF)
    – Does the journal provide any information about metrics of usage or citations?
  • Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
    – Do they belong to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ?
    – If the journal is open access, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access
    Journals (DOAJ) ?
    – If the journal is open access, does the publisher belong to the Open Access
    Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA) ?
    – Is the journal hosted on one of INASP’s Journals Online platforms (for journals published in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Central America and Mongolia) or on African Journals Online (AJOL, for African journals)?
    – 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 check list and submit your article only if you can answer ‘yes’ to most or all of the questions above.