How do you know if an academic journal is credible?

Look for the magazine in Ulrich's serial publications directory. All of the above questions will help you decide if the journal is “good enough” to use in your research. If you want to publish in a journal that is fully indexed in PubMed, search for the title of the journal in the catalog of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). With the proliferation of journal titles and frequent requests for manuscripts by email, it can be difficult for authors to determine if a journal has good reputation.

If the journal does not have an editorial board but all the content is referenced, it is considered an “academic” journal. Check if you can find out if the title of the journal has changed; this is not unusual, since many journals, at some point in their publication history, review the title to ensure that it reflects the content of the magazine or the direction in which the topic has evolved. We recommend that you use the strategies above (or that you contact a librarian) to evaluate a journal or publisher. Peer-reviewed or refereed journals are those that use a review process to evaluate the validity of the article before publication, and the journal usually has an “editorial board” composed of experts who are also the reviewers.

Another indicator is to see if the library (including other academic libraries) is subscribed to the journal.