While the NewJour Editor reviews the website of each publication, the journals included in NewJour are not screened for quality of the published articles. If the Editor's review of the website raises questions about the legitimacy and/or quality of the journal, starting in December 2013, those journals will have a “Further Review Recommended” notation in the description. We recommend that you review the published articles or contact the journal editor before using these journals for research or publication.
We include a broad range of journals in NewJour for the following reasons:
- NewJour’s database contains over twenty years of data on online publishing. All new journals, including those of unknown or questionable quality, are part of the publishing landscape and provide important information about growth and trends in online publishing. If some journals were excluded from the archive, the database would no longer be representative of the publishing industry.
- While certain criteria must be met for inclusion in NewJour, it is impossible for the NewJour staff to screen, title by title, the of thousands of new journals in dozens of languages and on hundreds of topics that are submitted each year.
- Other organizations and individuals provide lists of publishers and/or publications that have been reviewed and found to meet or not meet certain quality standards.
- Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (meet quality standards)
- Committee on Publication Ethics (meet quality standards)
- DOAJ (meet quality standards)
- Scholarly Open Access List of Publishers and List of Standalone Journals (Beall's List of “[p]otential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access journals”)
If you are unsure of the quality of a journal, use our Evaluating Journal Quality page for guidance.