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Review Types: Identifying Reputable Journals

This guide provides information and resources on the types of research as well as supporting works including literature reviews.

How can I find out if a journal is "predatory"?

It is challenging to definitively identify a journal as "predatory," although there are common characteristics of predatory/deceptive publishers such as:

  • Peer review may be poor or non-existent.
  • Editorial board membership information may be incorrect. Individuals may be listed there without their knowledge or consent.
  • Information about publishing costs or article processing charges may be misleading.
  • Journals might not be indexed in scholarly literature databases such as PubMed, PsycInfo, Web of Science, or CINAHL. However, a journal's inclusion in a database like PubMed does not preclude it from being predatory.
  • Websites might refer to non-standard impact factors or misrepresent where articles are indexed.
  • Content might not be digitally preserved.

Aside from doing a Google search for the journal's name and the word predatory, use the Think. Check. Submit checklist to evaluate a journal.