Get a firm footing on publishing scholarly articles

Having something to impart to your field of research and seeing your work published is no doubt personally rewarding. Finding the right journal to publish your paper is worth some effort. Here are some resources that may be useful ...  By Penny Presta.

Your own priorities will ultimately assist you when determining where to publish. Do you consider it more important to be in a top tier journal, to have low fees, to get a speedy acceptance, or to have open access and high visibility for your work?

Journals are often oriented to specific audiences and can differ in tone and writing style. To increase the likelihood of your paper being accepted you may need to tailor your article to the journal or select a journal that is a good fit for your paper.

Find out more about a particular journal
  • Ulrichsweb global serials directory is a source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types. Obtain a list of journals in your subject area, see tables of contents, coverage, reviews, whether a publication is refereed (peer-reviewed) and more.

Article indexing
  • Are articles from the journal indexed in databases relevant to your field, or in citation databases such as Scopus or Web of Science?

  • Are articles from the journal harvested by Google Scholar? To check go to Advanced Search and type in the publication name to see if articles from that publication are retrieved.

Journal Impact Factor or other journal rankings
  • InCites, Journal citation reports Search for a journal’s Impact Factor. Impact factor is a recognised measure used to help determine a journal’s impact within its field, and is available for all journals indexed in the Web of Science database.

  • Scopus In Scopus, click Compare Journals to analyse the prestige of journals contained in the Scopus database from 1996.

  • SJR SCImago Journal & Country Rank uses Scopus data to provide ranking information. Click Journal Rankings to see a ranked list by subject or country.

Matching your article to a journal
  • Elsevier matching enter your title and abstract to see a list of Elsevier journals that best match with your article.

  • JANE: Journal/Author Name Estimator find the best place to publish by comparing your title, abstract or keywords to millions of articles in MEDLINE for the best match.

  • Manuscript matcher by Thomson Reuters EndNote Online uses data from the Web of Science to find your best potential journal.

Quality Journal Lists

Open Access
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) An online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

  • Sherpa/Romeo Search by journal or publisher to see a summary of the copyright or archiving permissions normally part of a journal or publisher's copyright transfer agreement.

  • Monash University Research Repository The University repository meets the requirements of funding bodies (eg. ARC and NHMRC) for a post-print or publisher version of a paper to be made available in an open access repository.

Predatory publishers
The term predatory publishers refers to those that exploit the ‘author pays’ open access model by deceiving authors into paying fees without providing the associated services. Be wary of emails seeking submissions to journals as legitimate publishers rarely follow such practices. Predatory publishers also commonly:
  • adopt a name similar to an existing prestigious entity
  • falsely claim to have Impact Factors
  • apply previously undisclosed fees after your article has been accepted and is unable to be withdrawn or published elsewhere
  • have no quality-control despite claims of rigorous processes or peer review
  • dishonestly advertise the presence of prominent researchers on their editorial boards

Distraction Watch is a blog which illustrates actual approaches by questionable publishers. Academic librarian Jeffrey Beall’s Scholarly Open Access blog includes a comprehensive list of such open access publishers and their journals. It is updated regularly and the critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishers is helpful for knowing what to look out for.

Subject Librarians in the Library can help you use databases that may be useful in making decisions about the best journals in your discipline. See the Research impact and publishing library guide for more information on this topic.

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  1. A science journal is one of the most important milestones of proper research. It is not possible to document the various developments in science and technology
    unless you are able to publish in a scientific journal.

    research journals