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Quality assurance of Open Access journals

Within Open Access a market for disreputable actors has emerged. Those should be avoided . Here is some advice on how to ensure the quality of a journal before submitting your article .

As you may know Open Access journals are published openly on the Internet , so eveyone can access them. This is considered as one of the benefits of Open Access, but when anyone can publish whatever they want, it is tempting for unserious actors to make an attempt at fraud.

Within Open Access, so-called "predatory journals" have become a significant challenge. These are journals and publishers with low quality and lack of peer review. This article in the New York Times looks into the phenomenon.

We are aware that scientists at UiS get e-mails with requests to contribute to disreputable journals. Our advice is to be wary of unfamiliar journals marketing themselves via e-mail.


There are different methods of assuring the quality of journals. If the journal can be found in the Norwegian register of approved scientific publication channels, it is a good sign that it is of acceptable quality. We have made an instruction on how to find good Open Access-journals in NSD.

There are several other ways to check whether a journal holds an acceptable quality. You can read more about that on this page, or you can contact the library when in doubt. We will then check for you.