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This simple Journal Evaluation Tool was created by the librarians at Loyola Marymount University. It uses an interactive rubric with explicit Open Access Journal criteria that allows the user to rate a journal on a 1-3 scale for 16 different criteria. Plug in your ratings to calculate an overall rating of Good, Fair or Poor for a journal.
Want to publish? Interested in a journal but not sure if it's trustworthy? If you can answer "yes" to most of these questions, consider submitting your article:
If you want help with the legwork, contact the VDOT Research Library. We can check a special subscription tool called "Journal Citation Reports" to verify a journal's citation impact factor and we can help you in other ways. However, always remember (if you are a VTRC Researcher) that your Associate Director and the VTRC Director are the final authority and provide final approval on all decisions related to publication.