There are steps you can take to ensure you select a high-quality journal that aligns with your scholarly goals.
Journal Selection Tools
Even after considering the above characteristics, choosing a journal can be difficult. Below are some tools that can help. Most allow you to copy and paste keywords or your entire abstract and then suggest journals with similar publications.
It may also be helpful to do a PubMed search on your keywords, then sort your results by Journal (click on Display options then Sort by Journal). You may want to limit your results by Year as well (from the menu on the left) to see what journals have been publishing lately on your topic.
"Predatory journals" is a term popularized in the 2000s, referring to low-quality open access journals that employed deceptive or fraudulent practices to drive revenue from authors' fees. Many raised objections to the broadness of this term and a more nuanced understanding of the spectrum of predatory behaviors is warranted. The chart below illustrates the differences between journals which pursue deceptive practices and those which merely have some low quality features.
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Tools for Evaluating Journals
Before you submit your article, there are steps you can take to ensure you select a high-quality journal and avoid predatory publishers:
Find reputable journals in one or more of the following lists and directories: