Assessing Journal Credibility

The credibility of a journal may be assessed by examining several key factors:

  • Where is it indexed?
    • Is the journal included in the major databases for the field?
    • Are its articles discoverable where the journal claims?
  • What is its publishing history?
    • How long has the journal been available?
    • For new journals, is the journal mission clearly available?  Is it supported by a reputable publisher or scholarly society?
  • Is it peer-reviewed?
    • How long does the peer review process take?  Is this a reasonable time frame for a quality assessment?
  • What is its impact factor?
    • The Impact Factor is a measurement of average citations recieved over a two year period.  Does the journal have an impact factor?  If not, are other measurements available to determine if scholars are reading and citing articles from this journal?

    To find out how to answer these questions and the best resources to consult when looking for credibility criteria, please check our Quick Guide to Assessing Journal Credibility.