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Last Updated: Sep 03, 2021     Views: 18

You can still decide to publish in the journal if the journal coverage:


If the journal is still in Web of Science and  DOAJ  - this is an endorsed OA journal,

For further information contact your School Librarian  for further confirmation

Note: It is not advisable to consult any list of banned/predatory journals as often they are not transparent about why the journal is being blacklisted or whether or not journals are being removed from the list if/when they adjust their practices. 

It’s recommended instead to work through the OA Journal Checklist to see if the outlet appears legitimate.

If the journal is a conference paper, ask the conference secretary who contacted you to provide the names of the other “alternative conference proceedings” that will “also be included in Scopus”.

You can then do your own investigation of those outlets to see if any of them are suitable and of a good standard, or abandon plans to publish this paper at this point. Perhaps the content is suitable to be written into a journal article instead, in which case you can submit your article to an outlet of your choosing. 

The usual considerations when evaluating a publication outlet are outlined in the  OA Journal Checklist, these include:

  • Does your paper fit well with the aims and scope of the journal?
  • Do you consider the existing content of the journal to be a high-level standard of writing? 
  • Do you recognise the names of the authors who published in the journal?
  • Do you recognise the names of the people on the editorial board as experts in the field?


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