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 Do not publish in journals that exhibit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.
Journal Finder Tools - automatically find best journal match when you add your abstract
- Elsevier Journal Finder
- JANE: Journal/Author Name Estimator
- Springer Journal Selector
- Open Access Journal Options Flowchart
- EIGENFACTOR Index of Open Access Fees
Open Access Resources SEE OPEN ACCESS SECTION.
CONSIDER COPYRIGHT BEFORE MAKING FINAL DECISION!
SEE COPYRIGHT for AUTHORS SECTION.
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.
#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.