Ethical publishing

There are many reputable, high quality, subscription-based and Open Access journal publishers. Some steps you can take to ensure you are publishing ethically include:

Identify quality journals

Research the scope, submission process, and peer review approached used by the journal:

  • Scopus, Scimago, and Web of Science are reputable resources that list and rank journals, including many Open Access journals.
  • Ulrichsweb indicates whether journals are peer reviewed, and what databases they are included (indexed) in. Publishing with journals that are indexed in your subject’s major databases makes articles more findable.
  • Some journals may charge a publication fee, UNSW does not have a central fund, however the Library has some memberships that can provide discounts to eligible affiliated authors. Contact your Outreach Librarian for more information.

Before you submit:

  • Check the publisher’s website and author guidelines.
  • Check the editorial board – are members listed on the journal’s website?
  • Carefully read any contracts and agreements – and whether you can retain your copyright or negotiate an addendum.
  • Ask whether the peer review process and any fees or charges are clearly outlined?
  • Quality journals adhere to ethical standards. Look for links to COPE’s guidelines on publisher websites.
  • Be wary of journals that send out excessive email invitations to submit articles and to be on editorial boards.
  • Think.Check.Submit has a useful checklist for assessing journals.
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