Choose the right journal or publisher for your research


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“INASP services for researchers from the Global South”, Sian Harris and Andy Nobes for research4life (webinar), 12 October 2020

“How to choose a publisher for your open access book”, OAPEN, 20 September 2020

“New resource for books added to Think. Check. Submit.”,

“Think. Check. Submit.” to avoid predatory publishing, Andrea Cortegiani & Steven L. Shafer, Critical Care 2018, 22

Helping researchers distinguish credible journals, Sian Harris, INASP, 28 May 2018

Think Check Submit: A New Approach to Journal Selection, Enago Academy, 23 May 2018.

Pseudo-Journals and Pseudo-Conferences: the Characteristics and Preventive Measures, In-Hong Choi, MD, PhD, Journal of the Korean Neurological Association, 2018; 36(4): 289-293

Think. Check. WRITE. Submit., Leslie H. Nicoll, Nurse Author & Editor, 2018, 28(3), 5

Should we really be worried about predatory publishers?, Helen Dobson, UKSG 2018

Avoiding Predatory Journals With “Think. Check. Submit.” Geraldine S. Pearson, Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2017, 23(4) 239 –240

Ensuring you submit to a trusted journal: advice on checking a journal’s credentials, Alejandra Leach-Núñez, Taylor & Francis Editor Resources, 24 April 2017.

Infographic: Think Check Submit checklist – Selecting the right journal for your research paper, Andrea Haywood, Editage Insights, 5 January 2017

Think and check before you submit, Karen Rowlett, Opening Research at Reading Blog (ORRB), 21 October 2016.

Think. Check. Submit.—The Impact of Predatory Journals and How to Identify Them, Darren Early, Science Editor, 1 August 2016.

Think. Check. Submit your way to the right journal, Kelly Neubeiser, The Wiley Network, 29 January 2016.

Think. Check. Submit.: the campaign helping researchers navigate the scholarly communication landscape, Helen Dobson, UKSG Insights, 2016 , 29(3), 228–232

Protecting authors from predators, Charlie Rapple, Council of Science Editors. 2016

Think. Check. Submit., Caroline Sutton, STM Frankfurt Conference, 13 October 2015.

Cross-industry campaign launches to help researchers make informed choices about where to publish, Clare Redhead, OASPA, 1 October 2015.

Think. Check. Submit. A helpful checklist for researchers by Ruth Francis, BioMedCentral blog, 1 October 2015.

Think. Check. Submit. (How to Have Trust in Your Publisher.), Charlie Rapple, The Scholarly Kitchen, 1 October 2015.

Resources for publishing: Predatory Publishing, Nova Southeastern University.

Scholarly Communication Toolkit: Evaluating Journals, Association of College and Research Libraries.

Selecting a Journal for Publication: Find a Journal, Bernard Becker Medical Library.

Submitting an article? Think. Check. Submit. Taylor & Francis Author Services.

Think. Check. Submit., Peggy L. Chinn.


Additional Resources

Combatting Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences: an ongoing study gauging the extent and impact of predatory practices, identifying their root causes, and reviewing efforts to combat them.

Compass to Publish: an interactive tool from the Liege University Library to help you determine the degree of authenticity of open access journals with article processing charges (APCs) using a criteria-based evaluation

Conpher: site where researchers can share their experiences of publishing with particular journals.

The Directory of Open Access Books

The Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ Collection of Resources on Best Practices in Scholarly Communication

DOAJ Guide for journals applying to join the Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ: Transparency and Best Practice: guide identifying principles of transparency and best practice for scholarly publications

OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks)

The OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit

The Open Access Books Network

Predatory Publishing: a discussion document from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), introducing issues, and analysing potential solutions, around predatory publications.

Withdrawal of accepted manuscript from predatory journal: advice from the COPE forum in the case of a researcher who unwittingly published a review article in a predatory journal

Reports and studies on predatory publishing

“A qualitative content analysis of watchlists vs safelists: How do they address the issue of predatory publishing?”, Amy Koerber et al, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(6), November 2020

“Who reviews for predatory journals? A study on reviewer characteristics”, Anna Severin et al, bioRxiv, 11 March 2020

“Predatory Journals Publishing Trend in India: A Study”, Satyabrata Garanayak and Chennupati Kodand Ramaiah, 2019

“Knowledge and motivations of researchers publishing in presumed predatory journals: a survey”, Kelly D. Cobey et al, BMJ Open 2019

“Predatory publications in evidence syntheses”, Amanda Ross-White et al, Journal of the Medical Library Association, January 2019, 107(1): 57-61

“Predatory publishers threaten to consume public research funds and undermine national academic systems – the case of Brazil”, Marcelo S. Perlin, Takeyoshi Imasato, and Denis Borenstein, LSE Impact of Social Science, 6 September 2018

“Is predatory publishing a real threat? Evidence from a large database study”, Marcelo S. Perlin, Takeyoshi Imasato, and Denis Borenstein, Scientometrics, 116, 255-273 (2018) (£)

‘Predatory’ Publishing Up, Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, 1 October 2015