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When deciding which journal to submit your new article to keep these things in mind:
- Discipline relevance-does the journal reach your target audience?
- Quality or impact of the journal-what is the impact factor of the journal (but do not use this as the only deciding factor)
- Is it peer-reviewed (see Ulrichsweb link below in the Journal Selection Tools box)?
- Prestige of the editorial team, contributors and the journal circulation
- Availability- is the journal widely available (cost and distribution...the higher the cost, the less accessible)
- Is it Open Access (see our guide on OA by clicking this link)?
Journal Selection Tools
Cabells Scholarly Analytics
Cabell's "complete source for journal info, evaluation metrics, and submission details-for universities of any size. Real impact starts with finding the right audience." Includes a "The Whitelist" - legitimate publishers and "The Blacklist" - predatory publishers.
CLICK THE LINK TO THE UC CATALOG AND THEN LOGIN BEFORE CLICKING THE FINAL LINK TO CONNECT TO CABELL'S. If you do not login you will not be able to access this resource.
Edanz journal selector
Paste an abstract into the search box and Edanz will search over 28,000 journals and 7.5 milliion abstracts. The results include journal title suggestions and their impact factor based on the words used in the abstract.
Elsevier journal finder
Search by journal title or use the match the abstract to match your abstract to the best journal. Please keep in mind this will only search Elsevier products.
EndNote Online manuscript matcher
EndNote Online includes the "Match" tab which allows users to search for journal recommendations based on Web of Science metrics. Copy the title and abstract into the box and link to the EndNote reference group for the manuscript to see suggested journal titles. Requires a free EndNote Online account.
Journal/author name estimator
This website developed by The Biosemantics Group matches keywords from you abstract to locate the best matching journals, authors or articles using Medline.
Join this free site and use the "journal finder" that matches keywords of your abstract to appropriate journals.
SCImago Journal and Country Rank
SCImago is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database.
UlrichsWeb-Global Serials Directory
Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and "more." Check this source to see if the journal is peer-reviewed or not.
Journal Author Instructions
Books to help in the writing process