Before including a resource in this guide, please be sure it meets the following criteria:
All as appropriate to the scholarly interests of the discipline.
NOTE: “Scholarly” primarily means peer-reviewed but not exclusively and the ultimate decision as to what constitutes scholarly should be left up to the subject specialist. Materials included should serve the research and curricular needs of the university.
Please do not include:
Contributors will be prompted periodically to check his/her links for currency and relevance.
It is of utmost importance that we avoid including deceptive/predatory sources. Please consult sources linked below to make sure the source you are considering has not already been determined to be deceptive/predatory.
A journal may be legitimate, but still of poor quality. One means of assessing the influence of a journal is to consult the Cabell's database: http://www.cabells.com/members.aspx
Also, consider this from NLM’s publication selection FAQ:
A journal should demonstrate quality of editorial work, including features that contribute to the objectivity, credibility, and quality of its content. These features may include:
- Information about the methods of selecting articles (especially on the explicit process of external peer review)
- Statements indicating adherence to ethical guidelines
- Evidence that authors have disclosed financial conflicts of interest
Commercial sponsorship should not raise questions about the objectivity of the published material. Additional factors that are considered include the publisher and/or sponsoring organization's history and corporate structure, longevity, and record of performance regarding such issues as: quality of publications; experience in scholarly publishing; involvement with the scientific community; disclosure of and adherence to print and electronic publication standards; and promotion of editorial integrity and independence.
More from NLM: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hsrinfo/ahsr/html/hsrlinkselection.html
Please consult the following resources to assure the source you are considering is worthy for inclusion:
Check out the resources under the Discussion of Open Access tab to get a larger picture of open access. The resources listed on this page are meant to help contributors weed out the worse articles and the most obviously predatory journals. Open access occurs in many forms and the evaluative process and the question of quality are not always a straightforward and simple ones.
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