Looking to Publish? Introducing a New Tool for Responsible Journal Selection


Update for June 19: Language in this post has been updated to reflect Cabells’ June 8 decision to implement a site-wide change in terminology to “Journalytics” and “Predatory Reports” instead of “Whitelist” and “Blacklist.”

After copious amounts of research, countless edits and grueling hours spent triple-checking citations, finding a subject-appropriate and trustworthy journal in which to publish your scholarly articles should neither be a hassle nor a roadblock to your success. Many libraries refer to Think. Check. Submit. as a guideline for selecting journals.  We go one step further and provide the tools needed for a worry-free publishing process.The DePaul University Library provides access to Cabells Scholarly Analytics, an online periodical directory that helps researchers identify and evaluate academic journals.

Navigate to Cabells Scholarly Analytics on the Library’s A-Z Databases and Resources list and you will be able to locate journals relevant to your academic field or that best match the subject of your unpublished article. You can browse or filter by discipline and sub-discipline; CCI (Cabells Classification Index for journal influence within a discipline); altmetrics (online attention given to a journal); level of peer-review (blind, double-blind or editorial/open); open access journal type (traditional, hybrid, green or gold) ; acceptance rates and more. 

Cabells places journals into two categories: Journalytics and Predatory Reports. Cabells is satisfied that any journal in Journalytics has met its criteria as reputable outlets for publications. In Journalytics, you can “explore more than 11,000 qualified academic journals to discover the perfect outlet for your research.” Each journal listed in Journalytics can be expanded to find feedback and statistics concerning the logistics of submitting your work, details on the review process, metrics of influence the journal has within a particular field of study, and the publisher’s contact information. 

Cabells can also help you avoid predatory publishers. Predatory Reports “aims to shine a light on the deceptive practices that threaten to undermine quality research.” Click on the banners of journals listed in Predatory Reports to see common violations that indicate an untrustworthy journal. Violations include improper use of metrics, fake or missing addresses on websites, copyright abuses, inadequate review processes, and more.

So as you Think, Check, Submit, use Cabells Scholarly Analytics to find a subject-appropriate and trustworthy journal in which to publish your research.


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