Authors should evaluate prospective publishers carefully. Examine the goals, target audiences, and special interests of different presses, and consult with colleagues and librarians to determine the prestige of a particular press, its editorial efficiency, quality of marketing and advertising, and royalties. Upon request, publishers should make available editorial policies and manuscript submission procedures.
If you have searched the internet or asked a colleague about a prospective publisher and are still unsure about signing a contract, look for these red flags on the publisher's website or in their communications:
Changing publishing models, including the rise of open access journals, have reshaped the ways in which scholars share and use journal articles. In selecting a journal for publication, it is important to consider the quality and reputation of the journal and its impact. In addition to the tools below, the measuring impact section has more information about journal impact factors.