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Cabell's is a resource that specializes in connecting researchers, publishers, librarians, and academics to the journal titles they need. Founded in 1978 by Dr. David W. E. Cabell. Dr. “Dave” Cabell, as a young professor of Management, sought an easier way for tenure committees, professors, researchers and doctoral students to find detailed information for the purpose of evaluating and selecting academic journals.

The Cabell’s journal directory assists authors in their publication journey by providing an interactive, searchable database which covers 18 distinct academic disciplines from more than ten thousand international scholarly journals.

Our goal at Cabell’s is to facilitate scholarly communication by offering an independent and comprehensive platform, to help researchers evaluate and select the most appropriate outlets for their work. All content is rigorously reviewed against our journal selection policy in order to provide credible and thorough:

  • Bibliographic information and journal contact information
  • Manuscript submission criteria and review process guidelines
  • Journal quality metrics and levels of impact/influence
  • Powerful contextual and analysis tools
  • Author publication experiences

In addition to the journals directory, other products such as the Cabell's Classification Index©, Difficulty of Acceptance©, and Institutional Publishing Activity© ratings are powerful tools designed to help researchers search, filter and compare journals when making decisions about publication.

Through our continued partnerships with major academic publishers, journal editors, scholarly societies, accreditation agencies, and other independent databases including Thomson Reuters’s Journal Citation Reports ®, Cabell’s provides accurate, up-to-date details about academic journals to more than 750 universities world-wide.

In an effort to aid communication and engagement within the scholarly community, Cabell’s also allows researchers to rank journals and share their own submission and publication experiences to gain valuable insight from their peers.

As an objective and expanding database of journal information, Cabell’s continues to serve the needs of the scholarly community, offering essential resources for all academic authors throughout their career.




Selection Policy

Unfortunately, academic publishing has been rife with fraudulent procedures over the past several years. Instances of deceptive practices and outright fraud have skyrocketed. Understandably, this has led to a significant erosion of trust in the scholarly publication process. In an effort to offer our users guidance and to support our mission of providing academics with accurate information and reputable outlets for publication, Cabell’s has launched a reevaluation initiative whereby selected journals appearing in our Disciplines will be examined according to new, more stringent criteria on a rotating basis throughout the year. Journals are selected for reevaluation based on inclusion in Jeffery Beall’s 2014 List of Predatory Publishers, exclusion from DOAJ and/or OASPA, and not meeting requirements of the Cabell’s Selection Policy. As these selected journals undergo this reevaluation process, they will be removed from our database. Essentially, these journals will be reapplying for inclusion. Journals will be evaluated according to the Cabell’s Selection Policy.

Cabell's Metrics: An introduction
Cabell's offers a suite of metrics to empower our users to make quick and informed decisions. Derived from raw citation data licensed from Scopus®, Cabell's metrics use statistical algorithms to create powerful perspectives for evaluation.
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