Never heard of a journal before and want to evaluate for possible submission? Be sure to find the answers to these questions to avoid problematic journals.
1. Where is the journal indexed? This is an indicator of quality. Google Scholar is not an high quality source of indexing, but Web of Science is for example.
2. Who is the publisher of the journal? What can you find out about this publisher?
3. Does the journal have an ideological bent? (An example of this would be the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons)
4. Read some articles! Are they high-quality? Who do they cite? Are there grammatical and spelling mistakes that should have not passed an editor?
5. What is the quality of the research? (Here is an example of a well-intentioned but not high-quality research article)
6. is the journal's range too broad? This could indicate that they do not have a solid focus and thus are willing to accept most anything. Here's an example: International Journal of Academic Studies