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How do I decide the best journal for my paper?
Hi there, I am John Bond from Riverwinds Consulting and this is Publishing Defined.
Today I am to going to be discussing how to choose a scholarly journal for you to submit your paper to. A bit about me: I’ve been in scholarly publishing for over 25 year and as Chief Content Officer for a major medical publisher oversaw the publishing of over 20,000 peer reviewed articles.
So, you have collected your data and information or completed your study. You have written your paper. Now what?
Prior to deciding, make sure you have had the paper read and critiqued by your colleagues and associates. Consider very carefully their feedback and make the changes where you see fit. Remember to give it one more very close check for grammar, spelling, format and style before moving on. Now you are ready.
In starting to consider where to submit your paper, create a chart or list of the options under consideration. Include the journals you read and receive; and the ones you respect. Ask your co-workers and colleagues what journals best fit the topic of your paper and have them weigh in on their opinions on the publications.
In your chart, list these journal names and their urls. Most journal website will have an About section that will list the Mission or Aims and Scope of the publication. Read them and see if they align with your content and article format. Add to the chart the journal’s frequency; that is monthly, bimonthly, quarterly.
Closely review the Information for Authors published for each Journal, likely at their website. This is the best guide to see if your article is a fit and will save everyone time. Read it very closely. Not just their mission but also the specifications for format and types of articles that are interested in.
Also, if a journal has an Impact Factor, it may be listed at their website. If not, sometimes searching the web for that journal’s current Impact Factor will give you an answer.
List whether the journal is subscription based, or sent to members of a Society, or an Open Access publication. Sometimes a journal may be more than one of these. If it is Open Access, check out the APC or Author Processing Charge and include the amount, if any. The more widely the journal is available, for example an Open Access publication, the more your article will get downloaded and read.
Next check on where the journal is indexed. For instance, in medicine or nursing, being included in Medline or CINAHL are essential. Check for your area of specialty to see if the journal is covered in your key abstracting and indexing service.
Once again, go the website and ensure articles are included online in addition to in the paper version of the journal. Are they posted online at acceptance or only when a print version appears?
What may be listed at a website is the average time a paper takes to get from submission to decision and then the time it takes to get from acceptance to being published. If your topic has a sense of urgency to it, this time can be a critical decision. These times may not be publicly available.
On occasion, the acceptance rate or rejection rate from the previous year may be listed. This would be a key piece of data as well.
Search your topic over at a journal’s website to see if they have published any articles on it over the past two years. Most journals are looking for new or novel takes on existing topics and you might want to see what they have recently published.
Finally, submit to just one journal at a time. I know it is tempting to reduce the wait time and send out to many journals or publications, but etiquette (and ethics) demand one at a time only.....
Dear Professor Bond,
I'm a PhD Candidate in Architecture, at China, beginning on the craft of journal publication. I'm requested to publish in any of these index EI SCI CSSCI CSCD. However, when I check online if a journal is indexed there, sometimes I find the list, but when I enter to the journal websites, those indexes are not indicated. How can I be sure a journal is indexed in the ones I need?
Thank you for your question. If a journal is listed as being indexed in that database, then it is there. No worries about if it is not listed at the journal site. That is voluntary; they do not have to list such things at their own site and in fact many don't. If in doubt, email the index and ask them. Best wishes.
Open Access journal: The more your publication will be cited
Submission to decision time
Acceptance to be published time
Acceptance and rejection rates
e-mail to editor in chef with a brief description
Qaisar Ali, I can provide companies that help with editing and proofreading for a paper for a fee. Do you want such contacts? For the second one, I cannot provide anyone in connection to content. Let me know.
I have actually been following the steps that you mentioned in your video about things to consider when deciding on the journal. One of the things that I could not grasp was whether the journal is monthly, bimonthly or quarterly. Would you kindly elaborate on how that affects negatively or positively on our choice of a journal?
There are so many variables, it is difficult for me to say. Having it be a requirement for graduation is a new one for me. Two points: what does your adviser suggest? Also, why not email each journal's editor and give a very very brief outline of the paper's contents and your background and see if they give you any feedback one way or another. Either way, best wishes.
Many thanks for your reply. It does make sense now. I have passed my Ph. D qualifying exam in ELT and I am a bit puzzled about which journal to choose. It must be one in SSCI, as a requirement for graduation. Today, I was checking the impact factor of some journals and was tempted between a journal with a high impact factor, competitive publication environment, and a greater speed of publish i.e. PLOS ONE, and a journal with a considerable low impact factor and and ease of publication, within the SSCI. I feel much indecisive regarding this issue, bearing in mind that for me, publishing is a matter of the sooner, the better.
I would be so much grateful to you if you provide me with any enlightening information about the aforementioned issue.
Thanks for the comment. Part of the issue with the frequency is the greater volume of content that is published by them. Imagine if a journal published one issue a year and one article in that issue; but another journal published twelve issues and 25 articles per issue. You have greater opportunity with the second journal (but also greater competition). Does this makes sense?
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