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Why do you want to publish?
Before deciding where you want to publish, it will be helpful for you to reflect on why you want to publish. Do you want to:
- Get a publication out/bullet point on your CV?
- Reach a certain community or audience?
- Make the information as available to as wide an audience as possible?
- Get promotion/tenure?
- Gain prestige?
- Gain experience publishing and writing academic articles?
Now reflect on your answers. From them, what do you value most and what do you value least?
None of the answers on this list are wrong, and at any given point in your career they will be different. Depending on the answers to your questions and how you rank them will influence in what direction you go for publishing. For example, if it is more important to you to get your article out on the open and as readily available as possible, you might consider pursuing publication in an open access journal. If you are more interested in honing in on a particular audience, find a journal that is widely read by that community. If you are interested in the prestige, maybe consider attempting to publish in a "high impact" journal.
When selecting a potential journal in which to publish consider the following:
- Is the journal indexed in search tools such as Web of Science, Academic Search, etc? (i.e. can people find it using search tools to read and build upon your work?)
- What might be the publication timeline for you?
- Does the scope of the journal match your interests? Does the type of publication they seek fit with what you want to write or what you've already written? (e.g. methods articles, reflective/theoretical articles, etc)
- Does the journal reach the readers with whom you'd like to communicate?
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Journal Evaluation Tool
A rubric for the evaluation of journals with an aim of identifying publishing venues. Created and offered by the Loyola Marymount University and Law School.
"The Metrics Toolkit is a resource for researchers and evaluators that provides guidance for demonstrating and evaluating claims of research impact. With the Toolkit you can quickly understand what a metric means, how it is calculated, and if it’s good match for your impact question."
Use Eigenfactor to view multiple measures. Measures included are: EigenFactor, Impact Factor, and Article Influence Score.
SCImago Journal Rankings
"...a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains."
Scopus CiteScore Metrics for Journals
CiteScore from Scopus is based on the average citations received per document. CiteScore is the number of citations received by a journal in one year to documents published in the three previous years, divided by the number of documents indexed in Scopus published in those same three years.
Ulrichs International Periodicals Directory
Features bibliographic, access, and pricing information for newspapers, magazines, and journals published in the United States and internationally. Distinguishes peer reviewed and refereed journals from popular magazines.