How do we find high quality journal to publish in?
Create a shortlist of potential journals - using your reference list & peers recommendations
Create a shortlist of potential journals - using JOURNAL RANKING databases
Create a shortlist of potential journals - using JOURNAL FINDER tools
How do I Find/Identify an Open Access Title to Publish in?
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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
To publish in a journal indexed by Scopus:
- select your discipline
- tick to select Display only Open Access Journals
- sort by SJR
or Check: Journal Metrics (Elsevier)
- click on the button to add more filters
- click on Display only Open Access Titles
- sort this time by CiteScore - this will re-rank the journals from SJR to CiteScore
To publish in a journal published by the Web of Science:
Check InCites: Journal Citation Reports
- select your discipline
- tick to select display only Open Access Journal
Check the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- search by discipline
- click on Journals
- journal titles will display
- use the side panel to refine your list further
Free to Read Journals
These journal are difficult to identify as they are not "captured" by DOAJ - check the journal's home page and About pages.
Does the journal tell you where their contents are indexed?
The presence of the journal in key databases provides some indication as to the quality of the journal:
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.
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.