With thousands of journals at our fingertips, finding the most suitable journal might sometimes seem difficult. This short introductory video created by the Think, Check, Submit non-profit organization will help to make things a bit more clear.
Identifying a journal for publication: Questions & Considerations
Review the journal website information for the following:
Scope: what subjects are covered; what type of articles are published, etc.
Acceptance Rate: the percentage of the manuscripts accepted for publication by a particular scholarly journal.
Impact factor: used to measure the importance or rank of a journal by calculating the times its articles are cited.
Circulation Count: how often issues are published
Access/Discoverability: is it indexed in large databases?
Copyright Policy/Publisher’s policies/Permissions: Will your article be behind a paywall, or is there an Open Access option?
Peer-review policy: check to see what their policies are, such as single-blind, double-blind; open review, etc.
Maximizing research impact is important but it is not everything. Focus your search for appropriate journals by answering the following questions:
What journals are published in your field?
What journals do you read?
Who publishes the journals?
Who are the most important authors that address similar issues to what you write about?
Where do they publish their work?
Bibliographies and article reference lists are helpful.
Look at the references that you have cited in your paper. Are there several articles from the same journal in your reference list? Since your article builds on work published in that journal, consider contacting that journal to see if they might be interested in your article.
Search for a topic in the EBSCO or ProQuest. databases. Look on the left side of the page for options such as Publication or Publication Title. Click on those entries and a list of journals that publish in your topic will show. You can examine the journals and if appropriate submit your article to one of those titles.
Talk to your colleagues for recommendations or look up Touro Scholar to see where they publish their research.
Tools and resources to match your publishing ideas with a journal
The resources, tools & library databases below can help you pick a journal. These resources cover journals from different disciplines from a wide variety of publishers. Some are traditional journals and some are open access. Hover over the tiny i for more information.