Cabell's Scholarly Analytics offers three primary services to its users. They are Journalytics, Predatory Reports, and Author Services. On the website's home page (while not logged into an account), their are links to each service at the top of the page under "Products." Each link takes users to a brief description of the service. When a user is logged into their account, the services are located in the top left corner of the home page.
Journalytics is the website's database that contains over 11,000 academic journals and spanning over 18 disciplines. Because the journals in this database endure extensive review before being included, the database is efficient in presenting users with the most relevant resources. You can search the database by using keywords, such as topic, discipline, or ISSN number. The search bar is located at the top of the website's home or Journalytics page. Upon logging into your profile, you can also narrow your search by selecting disciplines from a presented list.
"Select Your Journal Disciplines" Screen
Searching for Academic Journals on Journalytics
After searching for a topic in the search bar, the web site will display top results. Users can use filters by clicking the down arrow below the search bar. Filters can narrow down search results by discipline, CCI, Altmetric report, and/or several other statistics. When a user clicks on a result, it displays a link to the journal's website. General information about the journal is also displayed. This includes:
It will also mention the submission and manuscript guidelines, which include the length of articles, acceptance rate (%), review time, publication time, and whether it is peer reviewed and screened for plagiarism. This preview is meant to give the user a general idea of the journal's influence in the field. It is also meant to familiarize a user with the journal's submission guidelines, should a user consider submitting academic work to that journal.
If a user locates a journal that they would like to save for future reference, they can click on the ribbon icon on the top right corner of the result and save the journal on their profile. The icon will turn dark when it has been saved. You can access your saved journals by clicking on the ribbon icon on the top right corner of the website (next to your profile picture and log in/log out options).
Example of Search Result Journal Profile
Journal Selection Policy
Cabell's clearly states their criteria for reviewing academic work and journals for acceptance into their database (Journalytics). The full list can be viewed here. The following items are considered when reviewing an academic journal for inclusion:
Using Journal Metrics and Predatory Journal criteria, Cabell's Predatory Reports help users determine the quality of a journal. It is a form of source evaluation because it compares journals to a set of criteria that indicate violations and deceptive practices. Currently, Cabell's compares journals to 60+ behavioral "red flags." The purpose of the report is not only to keep academic work safe from exploitation; but to keep users aware of potential threats to academic work.
The Predatory Reports list has the same functions as the approved journals in Journalytics. Users can save them to their profiles for future reference by clicking the ribbon icon on the journal's search result profile.
Journals that are currently on the Predatory Reports list can be appealed for removal upon evaluation. Cabell's current Predatory Reports can be viewed by clicking on the "Predatory Reports" icon on the top left of the home screen. A list of journals that are under review for inclusion in Predatory Reports can also be downloaded from the top of the page at any time.
To access the Predatory Reports page, log into your Cabell's account and click on "Predatory Reports" link in the top left corner of the home page.
Predatory Reports Page
Like Journalytics, Predatory Reports show a profile of each item on the list (you must click on each result to open the journal's profile). The profiles include the journals' "violations" against Cabell's journal selection criteria.
Predatory Reports - Journal Profile
Cabell's offers three primary services that assist in preparing academic papers for submission. They are: