As per the title, I would like to determine whether a paper cited by a student comes from a reputable source or not, given that the paper's content lies outside my field. My first thought was to check the journal's website, as well as doing a Google Scholar search to see whether papers in other reputable journals cite papers from this one.
The particular case I am concerned with is a Psychology paper, appearing in AllPsych Journal [sic]. All the journal's webpage says is that:
The educational articles and papers published in AllPsych Journal are written by mental health professionals, psychology students, psychology instructors, and other authors outside the field of psychology. * They represent problems, solutions, and suggestions about everyday life and its relation to psychology. For submission consideration, please contact us via our feedback form.
This seems dubious to me, but nonetheless, a Google Scholar search suggests that some reputable looking publications have cited works appearing in this journal.
I suppose I have two questions then:
- Are there any other techniques I can use to assess the quality of journals outside my field for this purpose. Ideally these should take relatively little time.
- Is this specific journal considered reputable in psychology?