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Scholarly Communication: Scholarly Publishing

An introductory guide to issues in scholarly communication, including scholarly publishing, copyright, author rights, open access, open educational resources, and institutional repositories.

Evaluating Journals

To make informed decisions about scholarly publishing, an author should evaluate journals and publishers by asking the following questions:

  • Is it a trusted journal or publisher?
  • Is the publisher easy to identify and contact?
  • Is the peer review process clearly explained?
  • Are the articles indexed in established databases?
  • Are the charges transparent?
  • Is the publisher a member of a professional organization or industry initiative?

Visit Think. Check. Submit. for the entire checklist.

Selecting Journals

Journal impact measurements assess the prestige, importance, or rank of a journal in a particular field. Knowing the impact or importance of the journal can help you decide where to submit an article

A citation-based research tool used to evaluate and compare journals’ impact factor, ranking, and other measures of influence.

Elsevier's journal evaluation metric used to identify and compare journal impact metrics across a wide range of journal titles and disciplines.

Elsevier's journal evaluation metric used to identify and compare journal impact metrics across a wide range of journal titles and disciplines.

An easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals in all subject areas, including academic/scholarly journals, peer-reviewed titles, trade publications, general interest magazines, and newspapers. 

A Google Scholar tool that helps authors quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Scholar Metrics summarize recent citations to many publications, to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research.

Elsevier's journal finder tool that matchers authors' papers to scientific journals published by Elsevier by leveraging smart search technology and field-of-research specific vocabularies.

A free tool to search, filter, and sort to help authors find the best journal for their paper in any field. Authors can also select up to three journals to compare side-by-side on key factors such as impact, publication speed, cost, and open access options.

A publicly available portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database. These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains. 

Think, Check, & Submit

Think. Check. Submit. "helps researchers identify trusted journals and publishers for their research. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications."

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Selected Readings

Useful Links

The Scholarly Communication team at ERAU have put together a checklist to help you assess the legitimacy of a journal:

Publishing Checklist - Assessing Journal Legitimacy