Assessing what is meant by journal quality often involves striking a balance between institutional imperatives and the push to ‘publish or perish’ versus considerations such as access by discipline peers and recognition in your respective field or industry influence.
Some factors to consider:
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Useful resources are listed below:
Scimago journal rankings calculate the average number of weighted citations received in a year divided by articles published in a journal in the previous 3 years. They take into account the prestige of the cited journals. SJR rankings can be refined by subject area, category, journal quartile and country. Please find instructions here.
Journal impact factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in the most recent year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years. These metrics need to be taken in context of the discipline in which they are found and are not useful for comparing disciplines.
The following strategies are recommended to maximize your article’s likelihood of being accepted:
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Many publishers offer online automated tools that allow you to match the abstract of your paper with a suitable journal title in their publishing house. These emerging services use text matching and similarity, which may not be perfect, but they can often alert you to titles that you may otherwise not find. Below are some examples:
When publishers wish to put together a special issue on a particular topic, they often send out a call for papers. They are generally very explicit in what they require, and provide a detailed overview of formats, topics and contact points. This has the advantage of an academic having a clear understanding of what the publisher requires and is therefore able to focus the content accordingly.
Some publishers provide access to all of their "call for papers" and you can browse by topic. You have access to the following resources via the Library:
Another way of finding a call for papers is by going to a journal's homepage and checking if it has a call for papers tab. The journal may have a news section that will list any upcoming special issues.
You can then check if there are any current call for papers that you may want to submit to. This is particularly useful if you are targeting specific journals to publish with.
Note that this is not necessarily a feature of all journals.
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Publishing your work in an Open Access journal can increase the visibility and accessibility of your work. There are various business models under which OA journals operate:
Finding the most appropriate journals in which to to publish your research will be a process of weighing up a number of factors, both within and beyond your control.
You will need to consider:
Use the tools in the next tabs to help you make the best choice.
The following resources will help you find relevant OA journals in your area:
For more information on searching these tools for OA content, go to Tools for finding quality journals.
The Directory of Open Access Journals search function can identify quality open access journals that do not charge article processing fees (APCs).