By Raquel Horlick
Step 1- Create a shortlist of titles
Consider the following when developing your shortlist:
- Which journals do you cite regularly?
- Where are your colleagues publishing?
- Have you received calls for papers?
- Try a journal selecting tool (see Tools)
- Who is your audience: international, local, general, specific?
- Do you want to publish open access (see Open Access Publishing)?
Step 2- Refine your shortlist
Consider the following to narrow-down your journal options:
- Read the journal's aims, audience and scope
- Review the journal's peer-review policy
- Review articles to assess their quality (see Predatory Publishers)
- Determine your author rights (do you keep copyright)
- Search for the journal impact factor (see Scholarly Impact)
- Look at rejection rates
- Determine costs
- Find the turn-around-time for submission to publication
Step 3- Make your decision
Final things to take into consideration:
Common reasons for rejection
- Manuscript doesn’t match Journal scope
- Author guidelines aren’t followed
- Lack of interest or need for the research
- Doesn’t add anything insightful
- Issues with empirical work
- Questionable conclusions
- Excessive language errors
- Improper format
- JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator)
Allows researchers to enter the title and/or abstract of their paper to find the best matching journals, authors or articles.
- Elsevier Journal Finder
Enter title and abstract of your paper to easily find journals that could be best suited for publishing. JournalFinder uses smart search technology and field-of-research specific vocabularies to match your paper to scientific journals.
- Endnote Manuscript Matcher
journal matching feature suggests the top candidates for your manuscript. Just choose the publications you want, and start the process for submitting your work to the most credible, high-quality journals that match your topic and references.
- Taylor & Francis Journal Suggester
Helping you find the best home for your research article
- Open Journal Matcher
This tool matches a draft abstract with the best-matching open access journals.
Finding impact factors
- CiteScore metrics from Scopus
Comprehensive, current and free metrics for serial titles in Scopus.
- SCImago Journal & Country Rank
The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database
- Google Scholar Journal Metrics
Provides the h5-index h5-median of publications in different areas of research.
- CWTS Journal Indicators
CWTS Journal Indicators provides free access to bibliometric indicators on scientific journals. The indicators have been calculated by Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) based on the Scopus database
- Web of Science Core
Interdisciplinary database includes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, and Social Sciences Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports. Includes citation searching (see how many times a paper has been cited). Coverage: 1976 - present. NOTE: Use your Web of Science/Endnote username and password or create a new username and password to access InCites, Journal Citation Reports, and/or EndNotes from Web of Science.
- Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
A a trade association that was established to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines.
Use this site to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.
- NLM Catalog
Confirm if Journal is indexed in PubMed or MedLine
A growing journal database across all academic fields Search, filter, sort, and compare journals from more than 46,000 titles
- ISSN Portal
Read full Libguide here Steps to choosing a journal - Selecting Journals for Publication - Library Guides at Tulane University