Think. Check. Submit.
Launched in October 2015, Think. Check. Submit. is supported by organizations across the publishing industry* and is particularly aimed at academics at an early point in their careers, who may have little to no experience with the submission process.
After spending months researching, writing, and revising a manuscript, authors are often justifiably eager to begin the submission process; but this enthusiasm can easily work against them. At best, authors risk submitting their paper to an unsuitable journal that stops their research gaining the recognition it deserves. At worst, authors can find themselves the victim of a predatory publisher and end up wasting precious effort, time, and, if publication charges apply, money.
How can authors avoid such journals? Predatory publishers have been an unwelcome blight on Open Access almost since its inception and show no sign of slowing. A 2015 study by Shen and Björk showed that ‘predatory journals have rapidly increased their publication volumes from 53,000 articles in 2010 to an estimated 420,000 articles in 2014, published by around 8000 active journals’. With almost 1000 new journal titles launching in 2014 alone and more appearing on an ongoing basis, maintaining an exhaustive, up-to-date blacklist of disreputable journals is a difficult (and occasionally controversial) solution.
Think. Check. Submit. approaches the problem from the opposite direction. Rather than identifying every unscrupulous and underperforming journal in circulation, Think. Check. Submit. instead gives authors the tools to decide for themselves whether a journal is right for them.
Before submitting to a journal, Think. Check. Submit. urges authors to consider a series of simple questions:
Authors are advised not to submit their paper to any journal unless they can confidently answer each question on Think. Check. Submit.’s checklist.
For more information about Think. Check. Submit., visit their website at http://thinkchecksubmit.org/.
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