Received an email lately encouraging you to publish with a new exciting sounding journal?
Before you send your manuscript, take a few minutes to check up on that journal. It might be an inviation from a 'predatory journal'. Predatory journals are described as those that 'actively solicit manuscripts and charge publications fees without providing robust peer review and editorial services' (Shamseer et al., 2017). Questionable publishers abuse the gold open access author-pays model for their own profit, without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not). This growing industry can cause problems for academics.
To check up the journal go to the Think.Check.Submit website which provides a checklist of questions to help you identify trusted journals and watch their video Think. Check. Submit (1:57). If you still have doubts about the credibility of a journal you want to submit your article to, ask the library!
Under the header Suggested in the column at the right of screen you find links to a number of journal finders - they can help you find a suitable scholarly journal to publish your article in. Keep in mind that the editorial policy of a journal can change over time.
When you want to check up on a journal - is it a predatory journal or not? -, take some time to look at its features.
Do not only check the journal, but also check the publisher!
Tools to find relevant journals to publish in