How Do I Know if a Publisher is Legit?

Have you ever received an offer to publish, but you just weren’t sure whether it was above-board?

Have you ever looked for journals in your field that might be suitable for your work, but couldn’t figure out which ones were reputable and which were dodgy?

Image by Jimmy Snell, licenced under CC BY 2.0

Predatory publishers are the scourge of the academic world. We face so much pressure to publish, and yet publishing in the wrong place can be costly – both in terms of money and reputation. Even seasoned academics can sometimes have difficulty assessing the quality of a journal, so it can be especially tough for postgrad students.

The Royal Society of New Zealand, one of the country’s leading academic organisations, has put together some guidelines for “Selecting a Quality Publisher.” The guide contains 20 questions you can ask to determine whether a publisher is high-quality or dubious. Save it to your bookmarks so that you can check back the next time you have to evaluate a publisher.

About Anaise Irvine

Dr Anaise Irvine is the Editor of Thesislink and leads the Researcher Education and Development team at Auckland University of Technology. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic engineering as a social justice issue. These days she works with researchers at all levels to improve their research skills, and the most obscure of her own research skills is being able to turn novels into phylogenetic trees!

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