A checklist for evaluating journals to publish in

For a recent OU training session I co-ran entitled “Finding and evaluating external scholarship literature” I was asked to speak very briefly about evaluating journals to publish in.

Attendees were introduced  to Think Check Submit, which provides “a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher” then they used it  to evaluate a scholarship journal they had found and were asked to reflect on its usefulness.

I also distributed a more comprehensive checklist that I synthesized from other universities’ guidance. It covers all the major questions I found and categorises them.

Please feel free to download and use this list as an RTF file or as an ODT file (it is available under a CC0 license). RTF, for example, is compatible with most word processing software including Microsoft Word.

I would be really interested to know:

  • Whether this checklist is useful
  • How it compares to Think Check Submit
  • Whether there are any points you would add or take away

Let me know your thoughts!

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