Test these journals:

  1. Applied Research Journal
  2. Soil
  3. International Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

using this check list:

  1. is the peer reviewing process abnormally fast (between 3 and 15 days) showing that it is completely fictitious?
  2. is the Article Processing Charge low (50 to 300 $)?
  3. the first page of the site targets authors rather than readers?
  4. Is the journal present in the List of Predatory Journals or the publisher in the List of Predatory Publishers produced by Stop Predatory Journals?
  5. is the journal indexed in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)?
  6. do this journal announces an Impact Factor (real) or a pseudo Impact Factor? It is easy to verify this statement (without subscription): you must use journal search of Clarivate Analytics and look at (if present) the coverage (Social Science citation index or Science Citation Index or Science Citation Index Expended)
  7. if this journal announces being indexed in Scopus, is it real (it is easy to check, without subscription, by consulting the SCImago Journal & Country Rank database which classifies and describes the majority of journals present in Scopus)?
  8. is it difficult to find the physical address of the journal and / or publisher?
  9. is the contact with the magazine done via a web form or via non-professional addresses (gmail, yahoo ...)?
  10. how many papers are yet published?
  11. must the manuscripts be submitted by email?
  12. is the operation of the peer reviewing process explained or only superficially presented?
  13. are the editor and/or members of the editorial board difficult to identify, are not known or mainly come from the same geographical area?
  14. must articles be formatted by their authors?


With all these observations, you must be able to take a decision

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