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:
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?
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?
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 category.
Select Journals Rankings to search for a subject area/category to see where a title sits with in the quartile measures for that area.
Publications indexed in citation databases such as Scopus , are more easily measured for research impact
Open Access can increase your citation count - investigate the options available
Generally takes several attempts to have a paper accepted for publication in a high ranking journal
Consider publishing in lower tiered peer reviewed journals to build up a body of work and esteem
Ask your supervisor and colleagues for suggestions and advice
Look at where the authors you are reading are publishing
Publishing Your Research 101 - an ACS video series on how to prepare a paper for publication