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Publisher's Guide – Information about publishing: Quality assessment of the publication channel


Quality assessment of the publication channel

Quality assessment of the publication channels

It is important to evaluate the quality of the publication channel. ARENE ry recommends that teachers and researchers working in universities of applied sciences prefer publishing channels that follow an open publishing policy, such as the Open Access journals.

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Evaluation of the publications

Predatory publishers market their publications using attractive e-mail messages. Their main aim is only to collect author fees. They do not take care of the peer evaluation of articles or assign resources to editorial work. The editors, editorial boards and effectiveness indicators indicated by the journal are often false. In addition, the names of predators often mimic and closely resemble the names of recognised journals and publishers.

Evaluating the reliability of publishing channels

Examples of the characteristics of a reliable publishing channel:

  • Contact information has been clearly indicated.
  • The publishing channel publishes the peer evaluation criteria and process clearly on its website.
  • The publishing channel has an editorial board consisting of recognised researchers.
  • The publication is indexed in the key databases of its field and in Web of Science or Scopus databases.
  • The publication has an ISSN number.
  • Researchers from your own field have published articles in the journal.

Beware of predators!

The predator misleads the author into believing that it is a trustworthy publisher or journal. “Send your manuscript to us and pay the APC, we publish your article rapidly.” In reality the predator only wants to defraud money under cover of the APC. The manuscript may not be published at all. If it is published, peer review may be imperfect or it is not performed at all. This kind of publication is worthless, and it is too bad to lose money. 

How to identify a predator?

  • Aggressive advertising in e-mail.
  • Promise to publish the article rapidly.
  • Instructions for authors are cursory or missing.
  • It is difficult to find information about APCs or APCs are very low.
  • Members for the editorial board are phished in e-mail.
  • Anybody is accepted as a member of the editorial board.
  • Distinguished scientists are listed as members of the editorial board without their permission.
  • There is no editorial board, or it is made-up.
  • Peer review process is not explained.
  • Contact information of the publisher is vague or missing.
  • There are delays in answering to e-mails.
  • Journal has an imaginary, all-embracing name (International Multidisciplinary Research Journal, Journal of Nature and Science).
  • Website seems unprofessional, amateurish.

(Source: Laitinen, H. 2020. Varo saalistajia! Beware of predators. UEF Library 17.1.2020.

Julkaisufoorumi JUFO


Publication forum logo.


Publication Forum (in Finnish often referred to as JUFO) is a rating and classification system to support the quality assessment of research output. To account for the different publication cultures characteristic of various disciplines, the classification includes academic journals, book series, conferences as well as book publishers. 


Impact factor

What does the Impact Factor (IF) mean?

The Impact Factor (IF) indicates the significance of a scientific publication. It shows how many references on the average the publication has had to the articles published in it during the past two years. The Impact Factor is usually indicated on the journal website. Impact Factors can also be searched from databases, such as Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

It should be noted, however, that the impact factor of a newly established publication, even if it is a high-quality one, is at first low. In addition, high-quality national scientific publications will never receive a very high Impact Factor when published in Finnish.