Think. Check. Submit. is a campaign 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.
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Are you submitting your research to a trusted journal?
Is it the right journal for your work?
How can you be sure the journal you are considering is the right journal for your research?
Reference this list for your chosen journal to check if it is trusted.
If you can answer ‘yes’ to most or all of the questions on the list.
Complete the check list and submit your article only if you are happy you can answer ‘yes’ to most or all of the questions.
Think – Check – Submit campaign website: http://thinkchecksubmit.org/
The campaign has been produced with the support of a coalition from across scholarly communications in response to discussions about deceptive publishing.
Why Think. Check. Submit.?
Not all researchers receive the same level of training and support in how to choose a trustworthy journal to submit their work to. Think. Check. Submit. provides a easy-to-use checklist that researchers can refer to when they are investigating whether a journal can be trusted.
How can I confirm a publisher’s address?
Most journal and publisher’s websites should include a contact address. By using a mapping service such as Google Maps’ Street View, you can confirm whether this is a legitimate business address such as an office complex, rather than a personal address or PO Box service.
Which journals should I submit to? Which should I avoid?
There is no definitive answer to this question – almost 1,000 new journals were launched in 2014, and with new titles launching almost daily it is almost impossible to stay on top of the latest journals in each field.
It is up to you to decide which journal is right for your work – the check list is designed to help you identify which journals in your discipline are trustworthy, and will help your research have the maximum impact on your career.
Will you be endorsing journals with a quality mark?
No. The aim of Think. Check. Submit. is not to refer researchers to a particular set of journals, which will fall out of date quickly. Instead, we are focused on helping researchers make the most informed decisions possible about where to publish their work.
How can I get involved?
Follow us on Twitter to join the conversation, and let your colleagues and peers know to Think. Check. Submit.!
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