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Publishing strategy guide

Researching quality journals

When you are preparing to publish it is important that you target reputable high-quality journals that reach your target audience.

 

Finding the right journal:

  • check your professional networks - what do your colleagues advise?
  • what do your professional associations recommend?
  • look at relevant publisher websites
  • consider the publishing behaviours of potential outlets
  • Assess journals in your discipline based on metric quality indicators such as journal acceptance rate, Journal Impact Factor, Field Weighted Citation Impact

 

Other factors you might consider:

  • publication frequency
  • ease of access for your intended audience
  • online availability
  • included in your discipline's major databases
  • open access or allows open access self-archiving

Tools to help you identify where to publish

Ulrichsweb global serials directory
Good for: Peer review; frequency; online availability

Journal citation reports: JCR
Good for: Impact factor; trend; calculation

Scopus journal analyzer
Good for: Impact factor; 10 source comparison; multi discipline trend

PubsHub journals & congresses
Good for: Impact factor; timeframe; circulation

Journal/author name estimator (JANE)
Good for: Title and author locator; confidence and article influence score

Manuscript Matcher (Web of Science/EndNote)
Good for: Keyword locator; impact factor

Journal Finder (Elsevier)
Good for: Keyword locator; impact factor; rejection rates; speed to market

Ulrichsweb global serials directory
Good for: Peer review; frequency; online availability

Journal citation reports: JCR
Good for: Impact factor; trend; calculation

Scopus journal analyzer
Good for: Impact factor; 10 source comparison; multi discipline trend

Journal/author name estimator (JANE)
Good for: Title and author locator; confidence and article influence score

Manuscript Matcher (Web of Science/EndNote)
Good for: Keyword locator; impact factor

Journal Finder (Elsevier)
Good for: Keyword locator; impact factor; rejection rates; speed to market

JSTOR Text Analyzer
Good for: Keyword locator

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