Research Visibility: Selecting a Journal
Selecting a Journal
The following are some factors to consider when choosing where to submit your manuscript for publication:
- Do scholars in your field regularly read this journal? If you're not sure, ask colleagues or look at similar papers to see what journals they're published in.
- Visit the journal website and read the About the Journal or Information for Authors section to ensure your article fits within the journal's scope and article requirements.
- Reputable journals are peer reviewed (though peer review is not in itself a guarantee of quality). Consult the journal website to familiarize yourself with the journal's peer review process before submitting.
Open Access / Visibility
- Is open access important to you? Are you required by a funder to make your article open access?
- Open access can contribute to greater research visibility, since the work is not behind a paywall.
- Consult the Directory of Open Access Journals to locate reputable open access journals.
- Your article will be more 'findable' if the journal is indexed in relevant databases in your field.
- To find out where a particular journal is indexed, look up the journal in Ulrichsweb or ask a librarian.
Reputation and Rankings
- If journal citation rates and/or prestige are important to you, you may wish to consider various journal metrics.
Journal Finder Tools
These tools might help you narrow down your search for a journal to publish in, but they are not a replacement for your own evaluation of whether a particular journal is reputable and meets your specific publishing needs. Note that tools hosted by a particular publisher will only recommend journals by that publisher, so using more than one tool is advisable.
JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator)
for journals in PubMed