Transparency is integral to the future of academic publishing
Our measures of transparency
How much and what kinds of information are publishers willing to share?
We compare individual journals and rate their willingness to share. When journals offer or give requested information, their score increases.
Are the pieces of information that are critical to researchers available to the public?
When journals provide easy access to important decision-making information, like fees and policies, their openness is rated higher.
How likely to be accurate is the information that the journal provides?
We estimate the provided information's accuracy and currentness by looking at reporting trends, usage analytics and citation patterns.
Researchers publishing with confidence
transparent practices mean you will have even more information for making publishing decisions
compare transparency practices and use journals according to your standards
the more information available, the easier it will be to find the best research outlets for your work
More visibility and searchability for journal publishers
more information makes your journal more searchable and easier for researchers to find
predatory publishers make a living off of concealing themselves - set yourself apart
avoid missed communication & misrepresentation by letting researchers know who you are
visibility and credibility go a long way to attracting high quality submissions
the more researchers know about your journal, the better chances of them submitting relevant research
We will begin assigning measures of transparency in 2016