In this section, we will give some suggestions on how to check the members of an Editorial Board to help guide your submission choices.
First of all, check the Editorial Board to see whether any of the names are familiar. There are two key reasons why recognising the names on an Editorial Board can be beneficial.
The Editorial Board pages of the journal may also feature information about each member, their subject specialities, their types of paper they handle, role profiles and other information that may reassure you of who they are, the professionalism of the way in which the journal is managed, and other features which you may wish to make a note of in your journal comparison spreadsheet.
If none of the names are familiar, or there is very little information about the board, then you may wish to do some background research on the members.
Using your search tool of choice, e.g. FSTA or Google Scholar, perform a search for the key board members, or a selection of several members at random, to see what you can find. Hopefully your investigations will reassure you that they are a sound researcher, and that your submission would be in good hands.
We look in more detail at indicators that a journal may be fake or ‘predatory’ in a later section of this guide, but if you cannot find any satisfactory information, an institution, role profile or other evidence of their expertise, or their details do not match what is provided on the journal pages, then you may wish to make notes of this in your spreadsheet, or even remove the journal from your list.