Choosing the right journal to publish in is an important part of effective academic publishing. Writing with a specific journal in mind could increase the likelihood that your article is accepted for publication.
When choosing a journal you should assess both its appropriateness and credibility.
The Think. Check. Submit. site provides more guidance on evaluating journals.
Predatory publishers exploit the open access model by charging a fee for publication without following best practices in academic publishing. They fail to offer the author services that would usually be expected such as editing and peer review and allow poor quality research to be published.
The following can be warning signs that a journal is predatory:
Before submitting an article for publication, ensure that the article is accurately referenced and has been proofread.
Most journals will provide detailed instructions for authors that cover things like word length, layout of tables and figures, and referencing style.
Some journals may ask you to enter an ORCID iD when submitting an article.
Peer review is a method of quality control for published research.
Peer reviewers are researchers or practitioners with detailed knowledge of the subject area. They critique the submitted manuscript, identify any flaws with the methodology, suggest edits, and recommend whether the research is suitable for publication in the journal.
Before your manuscript is accepted, it is likely that you will need to respond to comments from the reviewers: