Predatory publishing is a global phenomenon and is affecting academics and researchers across the board. In order to guide Busitema’s researchers, the Directorate of Graduate Studies, Research and Innovations (DGSRI) was tasked by the 109th Management meeting that was held on 27th June 2018 mandating the DGSRI to circulate a guideline that will help researchers in selecting the right journal to publish their work.

In response to the above directive, herewith below are the recommended accredited journals. The journals/publishers will be updated from time to time.

1. Scopus

Disciplines: Life Sciences; Social Sciences; Physical Sciences; Health Sciences

Click "Sources" on the scopus menu to search or select a journal of your choice.

2. Web of Science
Disciplines: Science, social science, arts, humanities (supports 256 disciplines)

2.1.Science Citation Index (Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection)

2.2.Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection)

2.3.Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection)

3. International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) (Click on 'View Serials Title List')

4. Open Access Journals

Open Access journals are funded by grants, subsidies or by publication fees which are paid by the author(s), or their research organizations or funders, at the time of publication.

Since predatory journals are Open access journals, the DGSRI recommends open access journals listed in the:

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) OR

BioMed Central

5. How to Find the Right Journal for Your Work?

You can use Elsevier, Wiley and Springer journal finder portals to get the right journal for your work: All you have to do is to input the title of your manuscript and abstract and the respective portals will find the right journal based on the content of the submitted information.

Elsevier journal finder

Springer Nature journal Suggester

Wiley journal finder

6. African Journals Online (AJOL)

In order to promote visibility of research done in Africa, the DGSRI recommends hundreds peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals by AJOL.

7. Scientific African

Scientific African is a peer reviewed, open access, inter- and multidisciplinary scientific journal that is dedicated to expanding access to African research, increasing intra-African scientific collaboration, and building academic research capacity in Africa. The journal aims to provide a modern, highly-visible platform for publishing pan-African research and welcomes submissions from all scientific disciplines in the following broad categories:

CHE - Chemistry
ECO - Economics and Business
ITE - Information Technology and Engineering
ENV - Environmental and Geosciences
LIF - Life and Health Sciences
MAT - Mathematics
PHY - Physical Sciences
SOC - Social Sciences and Policy
CON - Conservation and Sustainability Studies
AGF - Agriculture and Food Security

8. How can I find out whether a journal charges article processing fees (APCs)?

You can find this information in two ways:

  1. Go to the Advanced Search page, select 'Journals' from the 'Journals vs Articles' facet and expand the 'Article Processing Charges (APCs)' facet. By selecting 'No', you will retrieve a list of all the journals where the publishers do not charge authors anything at all. You can also type in the search field for any journal and then the information about APCs and Publication fees will be available. WARNINGread this blog post about the APC data in DOAJ.
  2. APC information is displayed under each journal in search results and under the 'Publication Charges' section on a journal's home page. For example:

Source: Directory of Open Access Journals FAQ -