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Scholarly Communication: Publishing

NEW from NIH: Too many research findings published in predatory journals??

NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-011
Statement on Article Publication Resulting from NIH Funded Research
To protect the credibility of published research, authors are encouraged to publish papers arising from NIH-funded research in reputable journals. Do not publish in journals that exhibit

  • misleading pricing (e.g., lack of transparency about article processing charges);
  • failure to disclose information to authors;
  • aggressive tactics to solicit article submissions;
  • inaccurate statements about editorial board membership; and
  • misleading or suspicious peer-review processes.

Notice from the Federal Trade Commission:
Academics and scientists: Beware of predatory journal publishers

For assistance in identifying reputable journals, click on the Publishing tab of this guide or contact your HSLS Librarian. 

Selecting a Journal

Considering where to publish? Use these resources to research journals, publisher agreements, author fees and funder requirements to find the journal that meets your needs for widest dissemination of your research.


Buyer Beware!

Publisher Quality Criteria

In spite of efforts to create a "blacklist" of predatory journals, there can never be a perfect list of journals to avoid. The best defense is author awareness of the signs and standards of legitimate scientific journals. 

#1: Check to see if the journal is indexed in MEDLINE (checkmark filter for "currently indexed in MEDLINE") or Scopus.

#2: Read Should I publish in this journal? HSLS Update, January 2016 issue.

#3: Criteria for a high quality journals can be found in this excellent blog post featuring 5 dimensions of journal evaluation:

Submitting to a journal commits you to it for six weeks to six months (or longer) – so choose your journal carefully. Patrick Dunleavy, The Impact Blog, the London School of Economics and Political Science, November 10, 2016.


The additional resources below will also help authors identify high quality, reliable publishers and journals.

Peer Review

Ethical Guidelines for Peer ReviewersEthical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers
New from the Committee on Publication Ethics

New Options for Peer Review

Get credit for your peer reviews: Publishers are teaming up with Publons to recognize reviewers for their contributions.

HSLS Classes

Journal Matchmakers: Find the Best Journal for Your Article
Instructor: Andrea Ketchum
Watch for Flash Class announcements.
Location: Falk Library, Classroom 1

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