Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Inbox Alert: unsolicited offers to publish journal articles

Based on recent enquiries that the Library has received, it seems JCU researchers are being hit with another wave of unsolicited offers to publish in journals which are of questionable status.
The quality of a journal publisher is an important consideration when choosing where to publish your next journal article. The best way to establish and progress your academic career is to publish with a reputable publisher.

You should question the status of a publisher if you notice:
  • Grammatical errors on the publisher's website or in emails
  • Factual errors on the publisher's website or in emails e.g. reference to an "impact index" rather than the Journal Impact Factor
  • The publisher's website is hosted on an free public platform e.g. Google Sites
  • Offers to publish your article are received from a free email account e.g. Hotmail
  • The publisher has an extensive list of new journals, often with titles that are similar to well known, established journals
  • Your colleagues have received similar emails of offers to publish their research.
More information is available in the Publishing Academic Research LibGuide, particularly on the page titled Understanding Publishers.

Contact Jackie Wolstenholme, the Research Services Librarian if there is a journal or publisher that you would like to investigate further.

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