A new campaign to help authors has recently launched, called Think. Check. Submit. It gives a simple workflow to help authors decide whether a journal they are looking at is reputable and the right one for their work. From their website:
Not all researchers receive the same level of training and support in how to choose a trustworthy journal to submit their work to. Think. Check. Submit. provides a easy-to-use checklist that researchers can refer to when they are investigating whether a journal can be trusted.
At MDPI, we fully endorse Think. Check. Submit as a common-sense way to help decide where a paper should go. Despite the existence of lists of approved and non-approved journals from indexing services and libraries, none can be comprehensive or error free. We encourage potential authors to seek opinions from multiple sources, including colleagues and the journal editors.
MDPI is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA), and STM, two of the organisations that have helped to establish the campaign, and our journals are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), another founding member. If you have any questions about an MDPI journal, just contact the editorial office or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.
As part of the Sciforum project, we have made data on academic publishers and journals available. From the launch page, you can search publishers or journals and see statistics on papers published, indexing and open access content. Those who have published in a journal can give a rating and comments based on their experience. We hope that this will contribute more information to help scholars make informed choices for their manuscripts.