USF Shimberg Health Sciences Library

Promotion & Tenure Resources

Before responding to that article request or sending off your manuscript, evaluate the journal's credentials. While the growth of online publications have contributed to the ease and speed of publishing study findings, it has also increased the number of publishers who are unscholarly at best and outright predatory at worst.

Below we've listed some tools you can use to evaluate the journal before you publish.

1. Is the Journal Recognized as Scholarly?

2. Does the journal have a transparent publication process?

  • Clearly described peer-review & editorial review processes
  • Reasonable acceptance rate
  • Editorial board of respected scholars in the discipline who also claim board membership
  • Clear explanation of fees & associated publication costs
  • Publisher subscribes to industry best practices

3. What is the Journal's Influence?