We encourage AKU authors to publish in Open Access journals but they should be cautious and on the lookout for offers from “Predatory Journals”. You can use the following clues & criteria for selecting a journal for publishing your research.
Journal Impact Factor (IF) : High IF is a good measure of journal quality (Note: It takes a few years for a new journal to get a significant impact factor and get indexed). Keep in mind that there are now fake Impact Factor providers who will, for a fee, assign fake impact factors to journals willing to pay. Please read the following articles on this:
Journals indexed in a respected citation databases such as ‘Index Medicus’ PubMed, CINAHL, ERIC, Thompson Reuters Web of Science, SciVerse Scopus etc. have usually been vetted by the indexing agency as “serious”. Check your library as AKU has access to several of these.
If the Organization, Publisher of the Journal is reputable. You can check publishers’ membership to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) members are bound by a code of conduct and held to excellent standard, transparent publishing practices etc. Also check if the Journal is included in the Directory of Open Access Journals. Any journal included in the index has been vetted and can be considered “serious"
If the editorial board members are recognizable experts known for their contribution to the field. You can do a Google Scholar search to check.
The quality of the website of the Journal: check for visible grammatical, content errors and broken web-links.
If you receive a publishing offer from a journal/publisher through spam (unsolicited email), then be cautious. Recognized journals do not solicit publication from potential authors.
Publishing fees should be clear with full contact details including email, postal address and working telephone number.