Open Access journals make articles freely available online, permitting users to read, redistribute or reuse content. Often the reuse rights are defined through use of Creative Commons licenses.
New open access journals have been proliferating rapidly. Many are high-quality peer-reviewed publications. The low barrier to entry into the market has also allowed the proliferation of journals that engage in unprofessional or unethical practices. The following quality indicators are intended to provide guidance in evaluating publication venues or in responding to invitations to serve as an editor or reviewer.
No single criterion below indicates whether or not a publication is reputable, but the balance of positive and negative indicators may inform the evaluation. If further help is needed, please contact your subject librarian.
Scope of the journal is well-defined and clearly stated
Journal's primary audience is researchers/practitioners
Editor, editorial board are recognized experts in the field
Journal is affiliated with or sponsored by an established scholarly or academic institution
Articles are within the scope of the journal and meet the standards of the discipline
Any fees or charges for publishing in the journal are easily found on the journal website and clearly explained
Articles have DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers)
Journal clearly indicates rights for use and re-use of articles at the article level (for instance, Creative Commons license)
Journal has ISSN (International Standard Serial Number, such as1234-5678)