SOURCE: Rele, Shilpa; Kennedy, Marie; and Blas, Nataly, "Journal Evaluation Tool" (2017). LMU Librarian
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How to use the journal evaluation tool
The journal evaluation tool includes two components, the rubric and the scoring sheet:
Step 1: Follow the criteria listed on the rubric. The criteria prompts you to look to the journal and
publisher web sites to determine if there are markers of credibility or any red flags.
Step 2: Look at the Rationale column on the scoring sheet to gauge the importance of each criterion.
Step 3: Categorize each criteria on the rubric into one of three categories: good (receiving a score of 3),
fair (a score of 2), or poor (a score of 1).
Step 4: Mark the score for each criterion on the scoring sheet.
Step 5: Determine the final score after you have completed the rubric.
Step 6: Use the Guide to Interpretation at the bottom of the scoring sheet to determine if the total score
suggests that the journal is likely a good, fair, or poor choice for publication.
Use Database Search - Search for your topic in an article database to see where related articles have been published.
Ulrich's Web is a global serial directory that publishes information about journals such as: publisher information, online availability, subject classifications, how often the serial is published, whether or not the journal is peer-reviewed, and much more. You can also browse article titles by issue for specific journals. This can be a quick way to get a sense of a more detailed sense of the journal's discipline and research focus.
Ask Scholars in Your Field
Identifying professors and scholars in your discipline can be a valuable way to learn about journals. Use their expertise to get a better overall view of the publishing community in your research focus. If you can't find a scholar that specializes in your discipline, try contacting a subject-specific librarian here at the Library by finding your subject library.