An increasingly important and ever more vexing challenge for the academic writer is determining the quality or ranking of a journal. At some universities or in some schools and departments considerations of tenure and promotion are made not simply on the fact of getting your manuscripts published but also in which journals (and the rank of those journals). The ever more vexing part is that open-access on-line journals have proliferated in recent years, some of which are little more than vanity presses.
Brendan A. Rapple, a librarian at Boston College, cuts through some of this confusion in the article “Assess Carefully: Don’t Be Duped by Bogus Journals,” published in Inside Higher Ed. Rapple discusses evaluation criteria, publication fees (the funding model for most open-access journals), and the Directory of Open Access Journals.