B – Identifying legitimate OA journals

Hill T. Identifying legitimate open access journals: some suggestions from a publisher. Learned Publishing 2015;28:59-62
(doi: 10.1087/20150109)

The author outlines a set of criteria by which authors and readers can identify legitimate publishers. These criteria are based on the following considerations: readers should be regarded as customers and they should be offered a variety of services; journals should be included in databases and indexes, that indicates compliance with technical and publishing standards; publishers should ensure that authors meet ethical and legal obligations to maintain the integrity of the literature; they should also demonstrate awareness of open access conventions, and provide information on the nature of the peer-review process and of the editorial process.