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How do you judge the quality of a journal?

How to evaluate the genuineness/authenticity, impact, significance & reputation of an open access journal? The prestigious journals have Impact factor & various indices, What about open access journals?

EDIT: Although a previously asked question has garnered many responses, this question is only toward open access publishing.

  • this question is explicitly for open access. May 20, 2012 at 21:30
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    I'm with @JukkaSuomela. There shouldn't be a difference.
    – bobthejoe
    May 21, 2012 at 2:38
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    @bobthejoe but there is a difference.
    – DQdlM
    Jul 3, 2012 at 18:34
  • The economics are different for open vs. closed. This means the "human physics" are nearly entirely incompatible with a non-open-access journal. Look at communism/socialism vs. market economy. The level and pervasiveness of tyranny is nearly asymptotically maximized in the former. That is "different physics" for reviewers of the papers. Apr 3, 2019 at 21:30

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In the same way you evaluate quality of a non-open access journal: who are the people on the editorial board, what kind of papers do they publish, etc.

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    Yep. The quality of a journal is completely orthogonal to its business model.
    – JeffE
    May 21, 2012 at 8:06
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    I think this question has more merit than it is being given credit for. Most of the journals that I currently have experience with are not open access but I can judge them based on extensive experience both as an author and a reader. However as I become more interested in supporting and furthering open access, I am faced with having to evaluate journals that I have essentially no experience with (and neither do my peers). This means that I can wait until I have acquired years of experience before I begin to publish in OA journals or look to use a different approach.
    – DQdlM
    Jul 3, 2012 at 18:33
  • @DQdIM, I think that the correct question is how do you evaluate a new journal, not necessarily an OA journal. For instance, eLife is a brand new journal and there is no IF to measure or past experience, but from merely looking at their list of editors, you know it is going to be legit.
    – bobthejoe
    Jul 3, 2012 at 20:36

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