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Find Reputable Publishers

  • Ulrichsweb  (MacEwan login required) - Provides information on over 300,000 periodicals of all types: academic journals, magazines, and more.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals  - Indexes scholarly peer-reviewed open access journals covering all subjects.
  • SCImago Journal & Country Rank  - Provides citation and publication metrics on academic journals' relative scientific influence (also known as  impact factor ).

Note: Citation practices vary by discipline, and not all journals are accounted for in journal ranking tools. Therefore, impact factor is not always a reliable measure of a journal's overall quality and worth.

Publishers to Avoid

When considering a publisher, ask yourself the following questions. 

  • Indexing: I s the journal indexed in reputable databases (e.g., Scopus, Web of Science, CINAHL, Sociology Abstracts, Directory of Open Access Journals)?
  • Fees:  Is the journal up front about any article processing charges?
  • Members:  Does the journal list a managing editor and editorial board members with legitimate academic affiliations and contact information?
  • Frequency:  Does the journal publish regularly?
  • Policies and procedures:  Does the journal provide detailed information about author submission guidelines, peer-review processes, digital preservation, copyright, etc.?
  • Overall quality:  Does the journal website content have typos or broken links? Are articles professionally copyedited? Is this somewhere you are proud to have your work featured?

Want some help determining the best publisher for your work? 
Contact your  Subject Librarian .