Evaluating journals for publication

Evaluating scholarly journals or conferences before submitting work for publication or presentation is a critical step in ensuring that your scholarship and research reaches an appropriate audience and is made an indelible part of the scholarly record.

Ultimately, the decision about where to submit work for publication rests with you, the author. However, librarians can assist you by providing resources to help identify and assess positive and negative indicators of journal quality or legitimacy. Librarians can also help you understand which abstracting and indexing databases a questionable journal may (or may not) be included in.

While librarians cannot make final determinations as to the quality or legitimacy of specific journals, conferences, or publishers, your subject librarian can provide assistance with understanding the following criteria and resources:

Tips for evaluating journals, publishers and conferences:

Resources for looking up a specific journal or publisher: