Use Think. Check. Submit.
Think. Check. Submit is a set of useful tools produced by a group of scholarly communications organizations. It helps to make the process of choosing the right journal for your work simpler and safer. The campaign empowers authors to evaluate the trustworthiness of a journal or its publisher by using simple checklists.
Check Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Both these organizations are focused on upholding the highest standards and quality of open access scholarly publishing. Working with open access publishers and journals they promote best practices across the industry.
Their ‘Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing’ are a set of criteria used to assess journals or publishers. It’s also a useful list of the indicators you should look out for when assessing the quality of an open access journal. For example, reliable open access journals will have:
- an editorial board or ‘governing body’
- a clear policy on conflicts of interest
- a peer review process
We’re proud members of both OASPA and DOAJ. You can listen to our open access interview with Claire Redhead from OASPA in our 15-minute podcast about the future of open access.