When deciding which journal to submit your article to, there are a number of factors that may be considered:
The Think Check Submit campaign, endorsed by the Australian Publishers Association, brings together peak standards bodies and publishers. It provides a checklist researchers may use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.
Is the journal well regarded in that field of research?
Use the following resources to compare and measure journal rankings:
Content-Scopus provides information on what publications are indexed in Scopus.
Google Scholar Metrics may also provide you with some useful information.
Take a look at the Find journal rankings page of our Finding yourself: Research Metrics guide for related information.
Is the journal peer-reviewed?
Check the journal's webpage or the Ulrichsweb database.
While a journal may be displayed as peer-reviewed, it does not evaluate quality. Use Ulrichsweb in conjunction with the other checks for quality e.g. a journals quartile or where a journal is indexed.
Check the Journals website for information such as:
Is it listed within a discipline based list?
Does your research paper match the scope of this publication? Is the journal read by your target audience?
Check the information for authors on the journal's website. Look through previous issues of the journal to see the types of articles published.
Is it on the list of ERA journals?
John Lamp's ERA Journal List provides quick access to the ERA journal outlet lists by FoR (Field of Research) code; journal name; ISSN; and ERAID. Use this site to find journals within your FoR and related FoRs.
Does the publisher have any policies on Open Access / self-archiving?
Does the publisher allow a version of your article to be made Open Access? This could mean more citations for your paper. Check our Open Access LibGuide for further details.
Questions to consider:
What is the timeframe from submission to publication?
The rise of scholarly, open access publishing has lead to researchers being inundated with requests from predatory publishers. While scholarly, open access, online journals provide an alternative to traditional journals, you need to check whether they are reviewed and make a judgement of their quality.
Predatory publishers take advantage of the Gold Open Access (OA) publishing model, where an author pays to have an article openly available on the web. Their websites mimic legitimate journal or publisher websites.
Interested in finding out more?
How to Spot a Predatory Publisher by Cambridge University Library
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) has published the 3rd edition of Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing. It provides 16 points of what they look for when assessing the quality of a publication.
Search Scopus using keywords to locate highly cited papers with in your topic area. On the Documents search results page use the Sort on: Cited by function to see who has cited that paper and what journals they were published in.
SciVal uses data from Scopus, it's a research evaluation tool for academia, business and government. It may be used to find potential collaboration partners; evaluating research impact; and bench-marking for researchers. For more details see the publisher's YouTube video below.
Enter Journal title, ISSN or Publisher Name in the Scimago search box to find out the quartile catergory.
Select Journals Rankings to search for a subject area/category to see where a title sits with in the quartile measures for that area.