Publisher ethics

To maintain the highest standard of research integrity, care should be taken to avoid unethical open access journals and publishers.

If you receive an email from a journal or publisher promising an incredibly quick turn around on peer review, this is unlikely to be a genuine scholarly journal.

The Think. Check. Submit. checklist helps you identify trusted journals for your research.

Other points to consider in identifying trusted journals for your research:

  • Check the National Library of Australia catalogue for a genuine ISSN.
  • Research the Editorial Board:
    • Are the members listed on the journal’s website? 
    • Are there more than four members listed on their website?
    • Have the members of the Board published in the journal? 
    • Is the Chief Editor’s email an institutional or organisational email account? 
  • Check the website and journal for spelling errors and other indicators of poor quality.
  • Check the Directory of Open Access Journals for your publisher. Journals in this directory must meet criteria prior to being listed.  
  • High quality open access journals are indexed in the following databases Scopus, PubMed or Web of Science.
  • Check the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) to see if your chosen journal is a member. OASPA requires members to adhere to very specific criteria to publish open access.

Think. Check. Submit. 

The ‘Think. Check. Submit.’ checklist helps you identify trusted journals for your research.

Access the checklist
For help with developing your publishing strategy
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