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A Researchers Companion: Some Journal Finder Tools

The Researchers Companion has been designed to answer the questions researchers ask at every step of the research life cycle

Finding journals publishing on your topic

There are several ways to find which journals have previously published on your topic:

Journal Finder Tools

Similar to a database search for references, journal finder tool databases require the searcher/author to provide your potential article's keywords or abstract, and the Journal finder tool will identify a list of potential journal titles.

As seen below, some journal finder tools have been created by publishers, while others are created by other organisations.

Some of these journal tools also provide a range of journal metrics allowing potential authors to identify highly ranked journals to submit their articles to. When a journal finder does not include journal metrics, use Scopus or Journal Citation Reports databases to identify highly ranking journals.

List of Journal Finder Tools:

Topics of Prominence

  • A Topic is a collection of documents with a common intellectual interest.
  • Topics are ranked by Prominence, an indicator of the momentum of a particular field - Topics can be growing or declining in momentum.
  • Topics are based on clustering the citation network of 95% of Scopus content (articles published since 1996).
  • Prominence is calculated using very recent citations, Scopus views and CiteScore values.
  • Prominence does not signify 'Importance', although some Topics may be both prominent and important.



Researchers Can use Topic Prominence to:

  • Show who else is active and publishing research in a similar Topic, identify potential collaborators and co-authors.
  • What are some related Topics adjacent to mine with a lot of momentum, where I could focus my research attention?
  • Which are the Topics with high momentum, that are likely to be well-funded and thus have higher grant success rates?
  • Which are the Key Journals in your topic?


How to Find Key Journals publishing in your Topic of Prominence

  • Topic prominence in science- Presentation slides from Elsevier
  • Find your topic:
  • Search for your topic in SciVal or
  • Alternatively, search Scopus, click on an interesting citation from the results list, and the Topic of Prominence of this article will display - it will display a few representative article titles, top 5 author, display the Keyphrase analysis cloud visualisation.
  • To view the Topic of Prominence in greater detail, click on the link to SciVal.
    • Top institutions, authors, countries, Scopus sources, keyphrases & related keyphrases for that topic.
  • Browse for your topic in SciVal as there are >96,000 research Topics of Prominence available.


Search SciVal for a Single Topic of Prominence

How to discover high activity in that topic by Institutions, Countries, Authors, Scopus sources & Keyphrases

  • Click on Trends Module from the menu along the top of the page.

  • Select Topics and Topic Clusters in the Left hand panel.

  • Search to locate a Topic or Topic Cluster by selecting +Add topics and Topic Clusters

  • You can also click on Advanced Topic Search

  • Either select your topic from the drop down menu or from the advanced search by clicking on tick box to select the Topic then move your cursor to the right to click on "+ Add "
    SciVal add

  • The selected topic will now appear on the left hand panel.

  • Click on a selected topic in the panel to view Topics of Prominence to display high activity by Summary, Institutions, Countries, Authors, Scopus Sources, Keywords and Topics.

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