If you are looking to publish a scholarly article, the following checklist can help you in assessing the legitimacy of a journal. Though not a comprehensive checklist this tool provides items to consider that will hopefully guide you as you look to publish.
Items to Consider
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|Does the journal provide a legitimate ISSN?
|Fake ISSN or the ISSN belongs to a completely different journal
|Does the journal provide a legitimate impact factor?
|The impact factor is from neither JCR, CiteScore, or Google Scholar Metrics
|Does the publisher practice an ethical code of conduct or is a member of an industry association, especially if open access?
|No statement of any kind regarding publishing ethics or ethical code of conduct
|Is the journal indexed in one or more major databases?
|Claims indexing but cannot be verified
|What is the average timeline for publication?
|Should never be less than a month
|Is the editorial board, or editors, listed with their full names and institutional affiliation?
|There is no editorial board or editors listed
|Are the editors known in their fields?
|The editor is listed on multiple journals in different fields or the editors' CV does not list affiliation with that journal
|Does the content on the publishers website seem original and not plagiarized?
|The text is copied verbatim from another publisher's website
|Is it clear what fees will be charged?
|Publisher requires payment prior to acceptance
|Does the journal clearly describe its copyright and licensing information?
|Copyright and licensing information is not found on the journal's website or on any published articles
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