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Assessing a journal’s quality can help assess a study’s newsworthiness


Tara Haelle

You run across a fascinating study that seems newsworthy – but it’s published in a medical journal you’ve never heard of. How do you make sure it’s a legitimate, reasonably high-quality publication?

Often some of the most interesting findings can come from a smaller journal, especially in an emerging area of science that isn’t widely studied or accepted, yet remains scientifically sound.

You want to watch out for predatory journals, those that charge scientists to publish their work without adequate quality controls, and those that are just low in quality or affiliated with an advocacy organization.

So, how do you vet a journal before moving forward on reporting a study published in it? Here are some guidelines on performing due diligence on the journal’s quality.

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