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Tool for using Cabell's to evaluate journal publications

Cabell's Primary Services

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

select journal discipline

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:

  •                intended audience
  •                discipline
  •                frequency of issue
  •                launch date
  •                ISSN/ISBN number

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

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:

  •           Audience - All publications included in Journalytics are for the following audiences: academics, administrators, business persons, counselors, librarians, practicing teachers, and/or practitioners.
  •           Relevance - Journals must be directly related to the fields that the database covers.
  •           Sponsorship - Not required, but consideration is given to a journal if it is receiving sponsorship from a professional organization or government agencies.
  •           Quality - Utility, merit, and importance to the field must be present.
  •           Peer review - All journals must be peer-reviewed to be included in the database.
  •           Fees - Fees for reviewing and publishing in the journal must be clearly visible on the journal's website.  It must also be easy to locate and be comprehensible to users and potential authors.
  •           Policies - These must be clearly stated on the journal's website.  This includes publication ethics, policies for archiving, copyright/licensing, open access, article retraction/correction, and advertising.
  •           Publication practices - Contact information for the journal is clearly visible on the journal's website.
  •           Integrity - The journal needs to be unique, objective, and disclose whether it is a privately-owned or public entity.

Predatory Reports

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

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

predatory reports journal profile

Author Services

Cabell's offers three primary services that assist in preparing academic papers for submission.  They are:


  • English language editing - Cabell's offers 3 versions of this service: Advanced, Premium, and Premium Plus.  Each level is different when it comes to how much it will edit and assist users post-submission.  Premium Plus is the most expensive while Advanced is the cheapest option.  The features of each level can be viewed here.


  • Document formatting - This service ensures that your work is properly formatted to academic journal standards.  Remember, formatting standards may differ from journal to journal, so the service will check that for you.


  • Journal selection - This will help users select the right journal to submit their work.  In many cases, papers are declined for inclusion because they were outside the scope of the journal.  If a paper does not fit well into one journal, then it is likely that it could fit well into another journal.  Part of the work is finding the right one.