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?

  • More research is being published worldwide.
  • New journals are launched each week.
  • Stories of publisher malpractice and deception are also on the rise.
  • It can be challenging to find up-to-date guidance when choosing where to publish.

    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.

  • Do you or your colleagues know the journal?
    – Have you read any articles in the journal before?
    – Is it easy to discover the latest papers in the journal?
  • Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
    – Is the publisher name clearly displayed on the journal website?
    – Can you contact the publisher by telephone, email, and post?
  • Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
  • Are articles indexed in services that you use?
  • Is it clear what fees will be charged?
    – Does the journal site explain what these fees are for and when they will be
  • Do you recognise the editorial board?
    – Have you heard of the editorial board members?
    – Do the editorial board mention the journal on their own websites?
  • Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
    – Do they belong to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ?
    – If the journal is open access, is it listed in the Directory of Open Access
    Journals (DOAJ) ?
    – If the journal is open access, does the publisher belong to the Open Access
    Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA) ?
    – Is the publisher a member of another trade association?
  • 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.

  • You need to be confident your chosen journal will have a suitable profile among your peers to enhance your reputation and your chance of gaining citations.
  • Publishing in the right journal for your research will raise your professional profile, and help you progress in your career.
  • Your paper should be indexed or archived and be easily discoverable.
  • You should expect a professional publishing experience where your work is reviewed and edited.
  • Only then should you submit your article.

  • Think – Check – Submit campaign website:

    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.

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