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Selecting a journal to publish in

Finding the right journal in which to publish your article can be a difficult process. Here are some criteria to consider and sources for this information:

  • Subject area(s) covered by the journal (particularly when the research is cross-discipline)
  • Types of articles published (original research, review, case study)
  • Reputation of the journal (impact factor, size of readership/open access, peer review, quality of accepted articles and authors, indexing level)
  • Audience of journal
  • Time to publication

Useful databases for journal publishing opportunities

  • JCR - Journal Citation Reports from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge

        ISI Web of Science
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    JCR - Journal Citation Reports from Thomson Web of Science

    Journal Citation Reports provides citation data for journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the most frequently cited journals in a field, highest impact journals in a field based on a calculated impact factor and Eigenfactor score, immediancy indexes, and largest journals in a field. 2000-2012.  

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  • UlrichsWeb - Ulrich's Periodical Directory

        Ulrich's Periodical Directory
    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia Contents of this resource available through Summon database provides Get VText links

    UlrichsWeb - Ulrich's Periodical Directory

    UlrichsWeb provides information about periodicals: whether a journal is peer reviewed, scholarly, trade, or popular; in which databases it is indexed; publication dates and title changes; and links to Journal Citation Reports for impact factors. Use the Get VText links to see local date coverage.  

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  • Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities

        Cabell
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    Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities

    Cabell's Directories provides information on the journal article publishing process: acceptance rates, style and formats, types of review processed, time required, and other criteria to find the best fit for your manuscript.  

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  • MLA Directory of Periodicals

        ProQuest search screen
    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia Screencast tutorials available for this resource Contents of this resource available through Summon database provides Get VText links

    MLA Directory of Periodicals

    The Directory of Periodicals contain extensive information aout the journals and book series indexes in the MLA International Bibliography. The records consist of editorial addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, frequency of publication, descriptions of the periodicals' scopes, circulation figures, subscription prices and addresses, advertising information, submission guidelines, and information on whether or not journals are peer reviewed. The directory also provides statistics on how many articles and book reviews the periodicals publish each year, as well as how many are submitted.  

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  • Elsevier's Journal Finder

        Elsevier Journal Finder
    This resource is freely accessible

    Elsevier's Journal Finder

    Enter your paper's title and abstract to find potential journals (from Elsevier only) in which to publish. The tool is designed to:

    • Help less experienced authors select suitable journals for their papers
    • Enable authors working across multidisciplinary fields to identify possible journals
    • Highlight journals that offer open access options, and provide information on publication speeds and impact factors
  • Jane: Journal/Author Name Estimator

        Jane: Journal/Author Name Estimator
    This resource is freely accessible

    Jane: Journal/Author Name Estimator

    Enter your title and/or abstract and Jane searches for similar articles within MEDLINE, scores their similarity, and recommends journals in which your paper could be published. The similarity scores of all the articles belonging to a certain journal or author are summed to calculate the confidence score for that journal or author. The results are ranked by confidence score.

  • Directory of Open Access Journals

        Directory of Open Access Journals
    This resource is freely accessible Contents of this resource available through Summon Gold open access - publishing

    Directory of Open Access Journals

    A one stop shop for Open Access Journals (journals with a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access). Journals must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control to be included. All subject areas are covered. Uses can search by journal title or browse titles. No searching of contents of journals is provided. Journals listed in the DOAJ will also be listed in our Journal Title Database. 1874-present.

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