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Publishing: Criteria for Selecting Journals


Research staff and students will generally share their research by publishing it as articles in a journal. With the large number of journals in circulation, it has become increasingly difficult to ascertain which journals are the most suitable and of good quality.

When selecting a journal to publish in, there are a  number of criteria you should consider to help identify the one most appropriate to meet your needs. A number of these criteria are outlined below with links to relevant resources, many of which are accessible through CDU Library.

Selecting Journals

When selecting a journal title to publish in, there are a number of key criteria you will need to consider including:

  • Is it peer reviewed?

Check the journal itself for this information or alternatively, check the Ulrichsweb Global Serial Directory which is a comprehensive directory of 300,000+ serial titles covering 900 subject areas, to obtain this information. Details about each title including whether it is peer reviewed, is available in Ulrichs.

  • Is it relevant?

Does the scope of the journal meet your needs? Is it relevant to your research? The Ulrichsweb Global Serial Directory can provide you with some of this information so it is a good starting point. In addition, the journal website itself will give you more detailed information about the aim and scope of the journal. It would also be worthwhile reviewing table of contents of some issues of the journal.

  • Is it a prestigious journal?

There are a number of ways to determine whether a journal is prestigious. Firstly, is it listed on the ERA List of Submitted Journals?

- ERA 2018 Journal List is a spreadsheet of the Australian Research Council’s list of approx. 25,000 journal titles in which articles have previously been submitted. The list can be searched more easily by journal title or by Field of Research from a database created by John Lamp of Deakin University here: ERA Current Outlets Access

- Does the journal have an impact factor: Journal Impact Factor or CiteScore ? To obtain that information, check the journal website or consult the following tools:

- Web of Science database to discover the Journal Impact Factor                                                                                                                       (CDU does not have access to the Journal Citation Reports database, a source for impact factor data).

- Scopus Database – to find the CiteScore

- Is the journal ranked? Check the SCImago Journal Ranking

  • Is it discoverable?

A journal is more likely to be discovered if it is indexed by a major journal database providing easy access to content to researchers. The Ulrichsweb Global Serial Directory again can provide this information, or you can also check the CDU eJournals portal to see if it is indexed by a database that CDU subscribes to.

  • Is it open access?

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a freely accessible database of 10,000 open access journal titles, is a good starting place to search for open access journal titles in your area of interest. In addition, SHERPA/RoMEO, a database of publishers' policies on copyright and self-archiving.

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Publisher Tools

There are two other tools from publishers which may also prove useful for identifying relevant journals:

Elsevier Journal finder

Find the perfect journal for your article. Elsevier® Journal Finder helps you find journals that could be best suited for publishing your scientific article. Please also consult the journal’s Aims and Scope for further guidance. Ultimately, the Editor will decide on how well your article matches the journal. The Journal Finder tool uses Scopus and the Elsevier Fingerprinting Engine to locate Elsevier journals that most closely match an author's list of keywords and/or abstracts.

Publishing with Elsevier / Top Tips                                                                               

Manuscript matcher - Thomson Reuters

-Create an EndNote Online login if you don't already have one

-Start with a few key pieces of information: manuscript title, abstract, and references

-Select an EndNote reference group from the drop-down

-View suggested publications from analysis aided by key criteria such as JCR® Impact Factor

-Compare your options and start the process to submit your manuscript

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