Determining Publisher Quality
You’ve worked hard on your paper and are now ready to find a publisher – congratulations!
Choosing a Publisher
When choosing a publisher, consider:
- The journal’s readership and perceived prestige
- The level of expertise on their staff
- Whether they require a fee for publication
- If readers will have to pay to access the journal
- If they ask for a copyright transfer.
Evaluate Journal Quality
Avoid Predatory Publishers
Use the Journal Citation Reports database to determine the impact factor of a journal or compare multiple journals. Learn more about impact factor in this brief video.
Other useful metrics include the Eigenfactor Score, Scimago Journal and Country Reports (SJR ), and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Article Level Metrics. For a deeper dive into these resources, read Boston College Libraries’ guide to these metrics.
Your journal evaluation should also consider qualitative measures such as its editorial board, publisher, peer review process, acceptance rate, and where it is indexed. See Boston College Libraries’ guide to qualitative factors for more information.
Rate a journal’s credibility with an evaluation rubric like this one from Loyola Marymount University Libraries.
Be sure you know your author’s rights. A journal only needs a non-exclusive license to publish your work, but many request a full copyright transfer. You can negotiate your author agreement so that you retain the rights that are important to you.
Open Access repositories are an alternative to traditional publication models. Choose UNE’s own repository DUNE: DigitalUNE or one that specializes in your research area or discipline.
Search the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) for high quality, peer reviewed open access research publications.
You do not need to choose between traditional publication or repository placement; your publication agreement can include the right to utilize both channels of distribution – some funding bodies require it!
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