Quality of Open Access journals

The quality of a journal is key to your decision to submit an article. Unfortunately, in recent years ‘publishers’ have entered the market charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals. These journals are of poor quality and authors are tricked into submitting articles by aggressive marketing strategies and spam mails.

Here you find tips and tricks to assess the quality of an open access journal.

Journal browser

In the Erasmus Journal Browser, you find the most important journals and their Open Access opportunities. You can search by journal title or browse per subject. In the search results you can check journal metrics like citation score, SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP).

When you are within the IP-range of the Erasmus University or logged in with you ERNA-ID, you will see the Article Processing Charges (APC) discount for the corresponding author of the EUR directly in the results list.

Directory of open access journals

All journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) use peer review so you can use it as a rough quality check. DOAJ only contains full open access journals.

Think, check, submit

A large international consortium of both publishers and open access initiatives has launched the campaign Think, Check, Submit. They developed a check list to help researchers assess the quality of a journal.

List of potential predatory publishers

A quick way to recognize questionable open access journals, check this list of potential predatory publishers. Be aware though that this list might not be comprehensive or entirely up todate.

Open Access publishing

Also, check the library's e-learning module on Open Access Publishing