To determine if an open access journal is legitimate and dependable, you can check for several qualities in the journal:
- The journal has an editorial board consisting of qualified experts within the field
- The journal demonstrates that it uses a careful (rather than rushed) review process
- The journal has a specific subject focus. Editorial boards for unfocused journals often cannot peer review the material they publish to ensure quality articles.
- The journal rejects a substantial percentage of submitted articles. Doing so ensures that the journal remains competitive and only publishes the best submissions it receives.
- The journal is a "Green" open access journal, which means it does not require authors to pay for their work to be published. By contrast, "Gold" open access journals do require payment - and thus often put profits over the dissemination of good scholarship. Please note, however, that some "Gold" open access journals are legitimate and high quality.
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