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Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Journal
Which journals do you or your mentor/colleagues use?
- journals that you or your colleagues read and/or cite
- journals published by your professional organization
- journals that are highly recommended for your area of research
Who is your desired audience?
- If limited to a select area of research, select a journal with a narrow focus versus a multidisciplinary one
- If international, select a journal with an international focus
Are you required to comply with public access mandates for sharing of publications and/or data?
- research funded by organizations such as NIH, CDC, and NSF are required to comply with public access policies.
- Check the information for authors section of the journal website or the Copyright Transfer Agreement form to confirm the journal allows authors to comply with public access mandates.
Do you need to publish in a peer-reviewed journal?
- Is publication in a peer-reviewed journal a requirement for tenure and promotion?
What is the quality of the peer review process?
- Does the journal provide clear and transparent information about the peer review process?
- Is the review process described on the journal website?
- Are the reviewers qualified to critique your research?
- How are revisions handled?
Do you have a specific manuscript type in mind?
- Some journals publish specific types of articles and may not be appropriate for your research.
Tools for Journal Selection
Edanz Journal Selector
Enter your abstract or keywords to search over 28,000 journals with published relevant papers.
Elsevier Journal Finder
Match the abstract of your article to an Elsevier journal. Filter your preferred criteria such as open access options, impact factor, review time, acceptance rate and production time.
A journal matching feature found within Endnote that suggests the best fit journal for your manuscript. *You need to register to access this tool.
Journal/Author Name Estimator (JANE)
Match your title, abstract or keyword with millions of documents in Medline.
SCImago Journal Rankings
Identify the most highly-ranked journals in your field.
Springer Journal Suggester
Search over 2500 Springer and BiomedCentral journals based on manuscript details