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Scholarly Publishing and Research Impact

What to consider when choosing a journal

Questions to Ask:

  • What is the publisher's selection process?
  • Does the subject matter of the journal match your scholarship? Do the types of articles and their length guidelines match your submission?
  • Does the journal have an ISSN, and do articles have DOIs?
  • Are you and your colleagues familiar with the journal? Look at its affiliation and publisher, it's editorial board and the authors who publish in it.
  • Are articles peer-reviewed?
  • Is the journal indexed in a service or database that you use?
  • Who is the audience and what is the readership of the journal?
  • What are the copyright implications?
  • Are there options for open access?  If so, what are the associated article processing charges (APCs)

Think, Check, Submit

Think, Check, Submit:  A coalition of scholarly publishers and associations collaborated to create a shortlist for authors to use when evaluating a journal for placing their research.

Journal Directories

Journal Rankings & Impact

Journal Suggesters from Publishers

Publisher Guides for Authors