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Characteristics of Reputable Publishers
What are typical characteristics of reputable publishers?
- No guarantees are made regarding turnaround time or the promise that publications will be approved; however, “Expedited” or “Rapid” reviews may be offered.
- The peer-review process is explained in detail, including the role of the editor.
- Contact information is complete, including mailing address, fax and phone numbers.
- Ethics policies mention guidelines from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) or Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and information regarding patient permission and written consent is included.
- Authors are required to disclose any relationship with industry and to sign a conflict of interest form.
- ICMJE guidelines for authorship or authorship criteria are clearly defined.
- Submittal fees, processing fees, and open-access fees are easily located, and the fees are clearly explained.
- Names of members are familiar to you, or members are from reputable institutions.
- The journal is indexed in legitimate databases, such as Medline or Embase.
- The publisher rarely sends a personalized invitation for article submission. Exceptions are commentaries and editorials.
Content provided by Mayo Clinic Scientific Publications intranet site on 4/10/2019.