Not all open access journals have strong editorial policies, and unfortunately there are many predatory publishers in this field (see box below). There are several ways that you can check the quality of an open access journal for publishing your research:
Other resources to check are:
These resources are valuable for proving the quality of journals you have published in for tenure, promotion and performance reviews.
An unfortunate side effect of the open access movement is the proliferation of open access journals and publishers that exist for profit and not scholarly purposes. These journals/publishers have little or no subject expertise and are of questionable repute.
Before deciding to publish in an open access journal, make sure you have researched the title's credibility (see also the OA Publishers page on this guide). Scholars and researchers may receive email solicitations for fee-based paper submissions to journals that make false claims about their peer-review process, the members of their editorial board or the indexing status.
Jeffrey Beall, an associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, until recently maintained a list of potential predatory open access publishers. While the site has been taken down for reasons that are not fully clear the site has been archived and is available for reference:
These same lists and caveats are useful for assessing the legitimacy of academic conferences. Be wary of conferences that are affiliated with the journals and publishers on Beall's lists as well as those that accept your papers very quickly and do not appear to offer much in the way of peer review.