This page highlights the various resources available for authors wishing to find high quality journals to publish in - these resources include databases used by university ranking sites to find the citation rates of researchers in a specific university.
Journal Rankings are available mainly from the two following vendors:
Other Databases which may assist in finding high ranking journals in your subject/topic area
If you would like to type in your topic and receive recommendations on which journals are more likely to publish articles such as yours, check out some of the following journal finder tools website.
The search boxes in these journal finder tools use your potential article's title, abstract/keywords &/or reference list to find relevant journal titles.
JOURNAL FINDER TOOLS
Does the journal tell you where anyone can find your published article? Is the journal indexed in an academic database such as Scopus or Web of Science or Google Scholar? A presence in major subject databases provides some indication as to the quality of the journal.
Check the following to see where the journal is indexed:
Once you have selected a journal, you will then submit your article, which then may ultimately be accepted for publication by the journal. If you are publishing commercially you will then be asked to sign a publishing agreement. It is important that you:
PATENT ALERT: Remember that once your work is published, it is in the public domain. For commercially relevant work this may mean that it is no longer patentable. You should check if any valuable intellectual property in your work could be compromised by being published. For further assistance:
FUNDER ALERT: If your publication is an outcome of a project funded by the ARC or NHMRC, it may be need to comply with their Open Access Policies. For each policy, a publication must be made openly accessible within 12 months of it's publication date. If a publication cannot be made openly accessible, a reason must be provided to the funding agency.
Discriminating Between Legitimate and Predatory Open Access Journals: Report from the International Federation for Emergency Medicine Research Committee provides authors with a huge checklist on an overall approach to choosing a journal and identifying if the publisher is genuine
Identifying and avoiding predatory publishers: A primer for researchers by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Identifying predatory or pseudo-journals by the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). (2017)
About 500-600 papers are retracted each year!
Retraction Watch highlights many of the retracted articles
- the reasons why papers are retracted are wide and varied!
When selecting a journal in which to publish, it is important to bear in mind that this choice will determine whether your article will be eligible to be counted as part of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. It may also determine whether the article will be eligible for quality measures under ASPIRE, ECU's research performance scheme, which uses Field Weighted Citation Impact data to inform the ASPIRE allocations.
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is the research quality evaluation initiative of the Australian Government, administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC). ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia's higher education insitutions.
Acknowledging Successful Performance in Research Excellence (ASPIRE) is ECU's system for "...measuring and quantifying research performance which rewards researchers for research activity and quality." ASPIRE provides guidance to researchers as to what the university values in relation to research performance. For more information on ASPIRE refer to ECU's Research Performance page.
In accord with ECU Policy ac063 Postgraduate Research: Thesis with Publication a HDR candidate can produce a Thesis with Publication, which "...is a combination of publishable work based on original research and a substantive written, integrating component." These publications can include journal articles. As a result, candidates can publish their ongoing HDR research in journals, which can then form part of their Thesis with Publication.
It is important to note however, that Copyright policies vary from journal to journal and it essential that authors check the copyright policy of each journal to establish if there are any restrictions on including a published article in the open access version of thesis on Research Online - one option available is that open access version of the thesis could exclude relevant Copyright chapters.