Which journal should I publish with? How do I avoid predatory journals? How can I find suitable Open Access options?
Here are a few decision-making tools to help you answer these questions:
Matches your article to other Elsevier journals that could be best suited for publishing your scientific article. You can choose to limit to only Elsevier's Open Access journals. Your publication choice will have no effect on the peer review process or acceptance of the submitted article.
Enter title and/or abstract, and JANE compares your document to millions of documents in Medline to find the best matching journals, authors or articles. OA journals are indicated in the search results.
Searchable database of publishers' policies on self-archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories. Helps clarify what you can or cannot do with pre-print and/or post-print copies of articles you have published or plan to publish.
A funders & authors' compliance tool to check compliance with funders' requirements for open access to research.
Searchable database of research funders' open access policies. Acts as a complement to the RoMEO and FACT tools also offered by SHERPA.
Gold OA is publishing in an OA journal (or hybrid journal) and the article is immediately available OA. Sometimes there can be an article processing charge (APC) for this.
Green OA is publishing in a conventional journal and then self-archiving a copy in an open online repository. Often there can be an embargo on the article, so it is not immediately available OA.
Developing novel methods for evaluating traditional impact factors and for mapping the structure of academic research.
Visual tool for assessing the cost effectiveness of fee-based, non-fee, and NSI OA journals. The graph plots the prestige (Article Influence score) and publication charges for journals/publishers in all or selected disciplines.
An open-source, web-based tool that helps researchers explore and share the diverse impacts of all their research products: journal articles, blog posts, datasets, and software.
An emerging altrmetrics tool owed by EBSCO that measures scholarly impact of numerous research products (articles, blog posts, theses, and more) according to five different metric types.
Measures the impact of specific articles, rather than the journal as a whole.
A suite of established metrics that measure the overall performance and reach of published research articles.
A dark side of OA has been the emergence of predatory journals, so-named because these journal publishers "prey" on unsuspecting academics trying to publish. They may engage in a number of dubious, academically illegitimate, or even unethical practices, including, but not limited to, the following:
Articles examining the predatory journal issue do not often mention the detrimental effects proliferation of this journal content can have on students' academic development. While academics should avoid these journals for both research and publishing, it is also important to inform students as well.
This is a website to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research. It is a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.
Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research.