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Identifying Journals for Publication Purposes: Home

Things to Think About When Identifying Journals for Publication

Visit a journal's website to gather more information:

  • Examine the journal’s aims and scope, author information, and the types of articles they publish
  • Investigate the journal’s availability (subscription or freely available online)
  • Look other important information, e.g., peer review and acceptance rate

Considering the audience that you would like to reach, how discoverable will your work be? Use Ulrichsweb Periodicals Directory below to answer the following questions:

  • Look for databases that index the journal and then confirm they do
  • Determine if the databases are used by audience you want to reach
Tools to Use at this Stage:

Journal rankings might be important to know before you publish, so you can get a sense of a journal's quality and impact on a potential audience or its placement within a discipline or field. 

  • Does it have a Journal Impact Factor™ (JIF)? It may not. Please know, that not all journals have a JIF. They may not be indexed in the Journal Citation Reports (which is just one database of many) OR the journal may be so new that it may not have a JIF yet.
  • Does it have a Scimago Journal Ranking?
  • Does it have an eigenFACTOR?
Tools to Use at this Stage:

Also consider a journal’s acceptance rate. Lower acceptance rates are generally considered more prestigious. Here are some tools that can help, although this is NOT a comprehensive list. If you can’t find the acceptance rate, look on the journal's website or contact the editor directly. 

Tools to Use at this Stage:

Tools to Help Identify Journals for Publication Purposes