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Predatory? Journal Evaluation Resources for The Medical Sciences: PRIMARY RESOURCES

This Libguide is intended for use by lecturers and graduate students of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, as well as other UWI researchers/students of the UWI, St Augustine.

FOR THE RESEARCH STAFF AND STUDENTS OF THE UWI FACULTY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

As predatory publishing increases and the lines of recognition become blurred, Faculty of Medical Sciences faculty and graduate students are encouraged to practice due diligence. Original research, once captured by predatory publishers, is forever lost and cannot be retracted. In addition, publishing in predatory (vanity) journals has the potential to compromise aspects of your professional development and careers. This Libguide presents a selection of fact-checking resources available (UWI-subscribed and free) for both faculty and  graduate students to "do the research before the research" in order to ensure publications in reputable academic journals.

Faculty of Medical Sciences Postgraduate students:

Be very cautious of publishing houses that suddenly email you expressing interest in publishing your recently completed thesis.
Beware of Medical Journals with similar or similar-sounding titles to authentic high-quality peer-reviewed journals.

CABELL'S BLACKLIST

 

 

CABELL'S BLACKLIST 

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Cabell's  Blacklist is a source for journal info, evaluation metrics, and submission details-for universities of any size. Real impact starts with finding the right audience. The Campus Libraries have access to the Blacklist. Works best with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox

 

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  • This resource may not capture all non-Western peer-reviewed publications so further checks of other resources are necessary.
  • Be sure to note the last date of revision of journal violations and do the necessary follow-up checks if revisions are not current.

 

DISLAIMER

This guide provides a toolset to help researchers identify potential predatory journals and publishers. The responsibility for deciding where to publish ultimately lies with the researcher/author. Do seek out the faculty's liaison librarian if you need additional guidance on predatory publishing practices, however any final determinations about the legitimacy of a journal or publisher must be made by individual researchers. 

ULRICHSWEB

 ULRICHSWEB GLOBAL SERIALS DIRECTORY

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This is a bibliographic database which provides detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative information on serials published throughout the world. It covers all subjects, and includes publications that are published regularly or irregularly and are circulated free of charge or by paid subscription.

 

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  • It has been noted that a few publications from suspected predatory publishers are showing up in this resource so cross-checking other resources is necessary, as well as  fact-checking the journal, its editorial process, digital archiving policy, etc.

DOAJ

DOAJ

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The Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. It is a useful tool for verifying the legitimacy of scholarly open-access                          publications. ACCESS: https://doaj.org/

 

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  • Consider the DOAJ as an "open access whitelist" of +12,000 OA journals. The DOAJ is a free high-quality online directory with strict quality control methods to block potential predatory journals from slipping by the application process.

JOURNAL CITATION REPORTS

JOURNAL CITATION REPORTS

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Journal Citation Reports - Social Sciences Edition (JCR) contains bibliometric analysis of over 1,400 journals in the social sciences and shows the relative importance of titles within their subject area. The Science Edition provides quantifiable statistical data that evaluates over 6100 leading international science journals illustrating their impact and influence in the global research. Users can sort data by defined fields such as impact factor, total cites, total articles, etc. JCR ranks journals by the frequency by which they have been cited and by their half life period.

 

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  • Predatory journals are often assigned inflated, fake impact factors, or none at all. Use Journal Citation Reports (JCR), available through Web of Science to get this essential metric. Bear in mind that JCR does not capture the entire universe of published journals. Non-western journal titles in particular would have to be crossed-checked.
  • All journals listed in the JCR are legitimate and all have impact factors. Do note however, that many peer-reviewed, reputable, journals are not listed in JCR.

JOURNALS IN NCBI DATABSES

 JOURNALS IN NCBI DATABASES

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  • Medical researchers often argue the validity of PubMed as a credentialing system of sorts to justify the authenticity of their published work. However, it has been noted that publications from suspected predatory publishers are showing up in this resource so cross-checking is necessary, as well as  fact-checking the journal, its editorial process, digital archiving policy, etc.
  • When viewing the records for the Journals in NCBI Databases link, note that the indexing status of legitimate and reputable journals would read: Currently indexed for MEDLINE.
  • See this libguide for easy ways of navigating away from the predatory resources in Pubmed.

SCOPUS -- SCOPUS PREVIEW

SCOPUS PREVIEW

  • ACCESS INFORMATION: This is a free, publicly available Internet website.

Scopus Preview Free Journal Rankings and Metrics offers free metrics to non-subscribers.

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  • The UWI does not subscribe to Scopus. However non-subscribers can create a profile on the website and access free journal metrics and rankings.

FACULTY LIAISON LIBRARIAN

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Niala Dwarika-Bhagat
Contact:
The Medical Sciences Library
The University of the West Indies
St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Phone 1-868-645-2640 Ext 5244
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