Why assess journal quality?
Area to Assess Journal Quality
Where a journal is indexed may give a clue as to its quality. CUFTS Journal Title Search provides information for where journal titles are indexed.
Total circulations of a journal can be used to assess the quality of a journal. High readership and circulation could be markers of a journal's quality and/or popularity. This information may possibly be found in two different ways:
When evaluating the practices and activites of the publisher, consider the following factors:
How do the publishers use Direct Marketing?
Is it appropriate and unobtrusive?
Criteria for Publisher's Website
Contact information clearly visible
Process and policies of the journal outlined
Fees or charges related to publishing in the journal are clearly stated and visible
Instructions to the author
Do the publishers adhere to a Code of Ethics?
Consider the following when evaluating the prestige and reputation of the journal:
Organization, society, or association behind the journal
Know the major associations behind the field of study
Examine the institutions of the editorial board
Ask your established colleagues
Predatory Open-Access Journals
Journals that publish for money without care of the scholarship
Resources for finding Impact Factor and Citation Analysis
Evaulating the Journal's Peer-Review Process
The peer-review process for a journal should be stated clearly and found in the journal and/or publisher’s website.
Evaluating the Editorial Board:
Members are to be recognized experts in the fields that constitute the scope of the journal.
Journal website should provide Information for board members’ affiliations.
A quick Google search of the board members will provide information of their standing in the field.
Discovering the Acceptance and Rejection Rate:
May be found on the journal’s website.