TABLE 6

Verifiability of criteria

Verifiability
status
DescriptionExamples of criteria
EasyOnly one source must be consulted
in order to verify the criterion; no
subjective judgement is required
ISSNs should be clearly displayed (DOAJ)
The publisher displays prominent statements that promise rapid publication
and/or unusually quick peer review (Cabell’s blacklist)
IntermediateSeveral sources must be consulted or contact
with the journal/publisher is required in
order to verify the criterion; no subjective
judgement is required
The publisher makes unauthorized use of licensed images on their website,
without permission or licensing from the copyright owners (Beall’s list)
The journal does not indicate that there are any fees associated with publication,
review, submission, etc., but the author is charged a fee after submitting a
manuscript (Cabell’s blacklist)
DifficultSubjective judgement is required in
order to verify the criterion
Articles published in the journal must be relevant to current priorities in its field
and be of interest to the academic community (Cabell’s whitelist)
The publisher dedicates insufficient resources to preventing and eliminating
author misconduct (Beall’s list)