You will already be familiar with some journals based on the journals that you routinely read, the journals in your bibliography, or other journals that you've found while searching PubMed or Google Scholar. Here are some tools to expand your list of journals you might consider publishing in.
These databases can also help you identify additional journals to examine.
Journals searching for authors or editorial board members may email scholars suggesting that they contribute. Sometimes these requests come from legitimate publishers, in other cases the publisher is attempting to collect author fees without providing adequate journal services, such as peer review and editorial oversight. Here are some possible indicators of a deceptive or predatory publisher:
One of these characteristics does not by itself indicate a deceptive publisher. Look at the big picture.
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When selecting journals as potential publishing venues, the journal website itself contains valuable information, such as:
This information can be found on the journal web site in different locations depending on the publisher. Locations include author instructions, guide for authors, or submit a manuscript. Examining articles published in recent issues can also be illustrative.