4 important tips for choosing a journal before publication

When choosing a scientific journal for publication, it is easy to come across a predatory publication.

How to make sure that the journal meets your requirements and get a really high-quality publication? See 4 basic tips below:

  1. Check indexing. The journal site usually has an indexing page (for example). In order to make sure that the journal is actually included in these resources, you need to search for the journal in them. Only when you see the page of the journal in the corresponding database (for example) or the name of the journal in the list of the database, you can be sure of the reality of indexing.

Attention! It is very important to see not just a list of resources, but to check the resources by their importance to you.

  1. Check ownership of copyright. In some journals, the publisher owns all rights to published articles. This practice does not make the journal predatory, but if you do not want to transfer the rights to your scientific article, you need to make sure that this does not happen. The relevant information should be contained on the journal's website and for each article published in the journal (for example, the copyright is indicated on the metadata page).

Attention! If you need to republish or translate an article in another language for publication in other resources, then you cannot do this if the copyright does not belong to you.

  1. Check the reality of the journal. Unfortunately, some publishers simply copy the titles and covers of journals – making minor, subtle changes. Therefore, carefully check the contacts of the editorial board, the website of the journal, and the archives. You can also compare articles posted in the archives of the journal, on the website of the publication and in the resources of indexing scientific periodicals. Or you can open a journal page in one of the indexing resources (for example, Scopus, Web of Science, Index Copernicus, etc.) and use the link to the journal's website. Thus, you will definitely get to the real site of the journal you need.

Attention! Be sure to check, because it is possible to fall prey to scam in the publishing industry.

  1. Check access to the archive. There is open (when the full texts of articles are easily accessible for reading), closed (the archive contains only the metadata of the article, but there are no full texts; usually in subscription editions) and mixed (hybrid) access (a combination of open and closed access).

Attention! Choose what suits you. For example, posting an article in an open access journal increases the likelihood that the article will be read and cited if interested. A larger number of citations will increase your scientist's indicators (for example, the Hirsch index). And placing articles in the indexing resources of an open access journal will increase the likelihood of reading them.

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