The practices of scholars sharing research and using journal articles have changed significantly with the popularity and pervasiveness of the Internet and changes in publishing models (see our Open Access Publishing tab). These changes have been both good and bad. Therefore, publications, both open access and traditional, should be evaluated thoroughly for quality.
There are resources available for evaluating potential places of publication and publishers that can simplify this process. The Association of College and Research Libraries has a very helpful Scholarly Communication Toolkit: Evaluating Journals that is worth reading. It includes a link to the below video as well. Other resources are also listed below.