There is no one simple strategy that can ensure you pick the best possible place to publish your research. Instead, consider these factors to make an informed decision:
- Who is your audience? Where are the scholarly conversations happening in your discipline?
- Is openness important to you? Do you want to maximize the reach of your research?
- Where are your peers publishing? If you’re a graduate student, where does your supervisor publish?
- Does the Journal stand up to your evaluation criteria?
Finding Places to Publish
Search your topic
Check a subject database or literature discovery tool to find relevant journals, e.g.:
SuperSearch is the Library’s multidisciplinary literature searching tool. The Publication filter can help you discover which journals are being published in based on your search terms. Take a closer look at these journals to see if their aims and scope fit your subject and if respected researchers in your field are publishing there.
- Journal Citation Reports
Select a disciplinary category to see a list of journals ranked according to citation data; provides Journal Impact Factor and Eigenfactor Score for journals.
These tools will match your subject or abstract with relevant publications in their databases.
- Elsevier Journal Finder
Paste your title and abstract to find a matching Elsevier journal. Can filter by open access.
- JANE – Journal/Author Name Estimator
Paste your title and abstract or do a keyword search on your topic to find appropriate journals or article reviewers. Based on the MEDLINE database. Created by BioSemantics Group at Erasmus University Medical Centre.
Browse by journal name, publisher, category or enter your title and abstract to generate appropriate publications for your research
Journal Evaluation Strategies
Aims and scope
Are they appropriate for your research?
Does the research seem credible?
Are members known names in your field?
Is the policy clearly stated?
Copyright for authors
How is it handled?
Are they clearly explained?
Open Access policy
Is it clearly stated?
How is the journal disseminated? Is the journal indexed in databases relevant to your discipline?
E.g. if you are a nursing researcher, you may want to ensure your journal is indexed in a nursing database such as CINAHL or Proquest Nursing
Check for yourself as many dubious publications falsely claim to be indexed in prestigious subject databases.
Directory of Open Access Journals (doaj.org): DOAJ uses a quality-control process to ensure it lists legitimate open access publications
Beware of made-up metrics: Check the metrics listed by the journal are recognized and reputable.
Calculated by dividing the number of citations to a journal in one year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years; proprietary designation produced by Journal Citation Reports.
SCImago Journal and Country Rank
Uses Google Page Rank algorithm to indicate visibility of journals indexed in Scopus database.
Signs of a predatory publisher/journal
- Spamming researchers with invitations to publish
- Misleading info re impact measures, indexing, location
- Short review process
- Poor website presentation e.g. spelling and grammar errors
- Hijacking legitimate journals
- Aims and scope, policies ambiguous/not clearly stated
- Estimates vary greatly depending on criteria, sampling
- Between 4,000-8,000 predatory journals; mostly in India, elsewhere in Asia
- Estimated size of market $32-$74M USD
- Between 165,000-420,000 “predatory” articles in 2014, versus 53,000 in 2010
900+ publishers in 2016 versus 18 in 2011
Beall’s list (archived)
“Potential, possible or probable” predatory OA journals and publishers.
- Curated by Jeffrey Beall, librarian at University of Colorado – a noted critic of open access
- Suspended in January 2017
- Beall’s criteria