Submitting a manuscript to an unsuitable journal is a common mistake. It can be frustrating and time consuming when a paper is not accepted for publication. It is worthwhile to spend some time finding the right journal for your work.
When choosing a journal consider the following:
Following this guide will help you make the right choice for your research!
The University of Colorado Libraries have an excellent tutorial called Publish, Not Perish: the art and craft of publishing in scholarly journals.
Usually, before writing your manuscript, you'll need to undertake a literature review. Librarians at Dalhousie can help with this. Please contact a librarian in your subject area.
Find out where others in the field/area are publishing. Search a database in your subject area and find articles on a topic similar to yours and note the journal titles.
Look at the journal's aim and scope statements.
Find out the types of articles that the journal usually publishes in the About page or in their Author Guidlines.
Check with faculty members in your department for good journal candidates
Who is the publisher? (consider university presses, professional associations)
Check the target readership in the About section of the journal/website.
Generally, journals with lower acceptance rates are more prestigious.
Use the JCR link to search for your chosen journals and find their impact factors. Includes an explanation on how impact factor are calculated.
Find a Journal's Eigenfactor Score and Article Influence Score by searching Eigenfactor.org. These scores use Journal Citation Reports data to measure a journal's importance to the scientific community and the impact of its articles.
SCImago Journal Rank Indicator (SJR) indicates the influence of the average article from the journal. SCImago was developed from information in the Scopus database. Also provides h - index scores.
Widely indexed journals will increase the likelihood your article is found.
Open Access (OA)
Did you know that some publishing companies exist only to garner fees from authors? Known as predatory publishing, these pseudo-journals exist to exploit the good intentions of authors trying to publish in Open Access journals.