Sources and resources
Standards for evaluating journals and publishers
- Think. Check. Submit. offers guidelines not just for journals, but also for books and book chapters. Similar guidance is available for conferences.
- DOAJ's Publishing best practice and standards for inclusion.
- Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, jointly published by OASPA, COPE, DOAJ and WAME
- Ulrich's Periodicals Directory provides detailed information about periodicals of all types, including information about peer review and abstracting and indexing.
Selected articles on ethical/unethical publishing issues
- The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) discussion paper, Predatory publishing, provides more in depth information on the practices of unethical publishers and the impacts on scholarly publishing.
- What value do journal whitelists and blacklists have in academia? (da Silva and Tsigaris, 2018) This article takes a deep dive into the issues with lists.
- Open access, power and privilege (Swauger, 2017). This essay calls attention to unquestioned power and privilege in publishing, and some of the problems with establishing lists of unethical publishers.
- There is no black and white definition of predatory publishing (Siler, 2020) describes some of the ambiguity in defining predatory publishing.
A note on terminology: We do not condone the use of racist terms and phrases such as "whitelist" or "blacklist," and do not use such terms ourselves.