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Open Access: Open Access Journal Quality Indicators

Open Access Journal Quality Indicators

Both open-access journals and predatory journals operate under the open-access publishing model . The listing of Open Access Journal Quality Indicators was developed by the Grand Valley State University Libraries (Grand Valley State University, 2020), and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Positive and negative Open-assess Journal Quality Indicators are here to facilitate academics to choose their legitimate open-access journals:                                                                      

Positive Indicators:                                                                                                        

  • 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 Identifier, e.g., doi:10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00054.x)
  • 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)
  • Journal is registered in, Global Serials Directory
  • Journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals
  • The publisher is a member of Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
  • Journal is included in subject databases and/or indexes

Negative Indicators:

  • Journal website is difficult to locate or identify
  • Publisher "About" information is absent on the journal's website
  • Absent publisher “About” information on the journal’s website
  • Visible traits of direct marketing (i.e., spamming) or other advertising on publisher’s website
  • Instructions to authors information are unavailable
  • Absent or unclear information on peer review and copyright on the journal website
  • Absent or extremely vague journal scope statement
  • No information is provided about the publisher, or the information provided does not clearly indicate a relationship to a mission to disseminate research content
  • Repeat lead authors in same issue
  • Publisher has a negative reputation