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Research Guides@Tufts

Field Guide to Predatory Publishers

Resources to assess if an open access journal is a good place to publish your work.

Analyzing Journal Quality

Below are some resources that can help you analyze the quality of a particular journal

Quality Metrics

Where is the Journal Listed?

Check to see if the journal is listed in one (or more) of the following major databases:

  • Web of Science for journals spanning the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields (select "Publication Name" from the drop down menu next to the search box)
  • Scopus for journals in the social sciences and STEM fields
  • SciFinder for journals in Chemistry and related fields (select "Journal" under the References bar)
  • PubMed for life sciences, biomedical, clinical, and public/community health journals (choose "Journal" from the drop down menu next to the search box)
  • JSTOR for journals spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences (scroll down and search using the "Publication Title" search box)

Worldwide Subscribers

  • WorldCat lets you see how many libraries/institutions across the world catalog OA journals