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- Talk to your advisor, colleagues or researchers in your field / department.
- Look at professional societies or association publications in your field.
- Look at where your advisor (or other faculty in your department) publish.
- Use a subject database to search by your topic (or a related topic) and browse to see where the articles have been published.
- Research/attend a conference or event in your field - where are the presenters publishing?
- Make a list of 10 relevant journals to publish in.
Questions to ask yourself
- Where was the material I cited in my article published?
- What journals or publishers have you been reading for your research?
- Who are the HOT authors in your area?
- If I wanted to read articles on a similar topic, where would I find them?
- Who is the audience for my article? Where do they go when they want to read something new in their field?
Find Relevant Journals
Using the tools below to find journals by subject or by entering keywords/an abstract to create a list of relevant journals.
ULRICHSweb Global Serials Directory
Identifies active and defunct periodicals of all types, worldwide, and can be used to identify peer-reviewed publications, academic and journalistic writing outlets, and periodicals within subject areas. For information about the journals only. There is no linked access to Auraria Library content. To reach Auraria Library content search Skyline for the journal title.
Cabell's Scholarly Analytics
Cabell’s is designed to help researchers search, filter and compare journals when making decisions about where to publish, and to assist administrators in evaluating publication records. It supplies such information as difficulty of acceptance, type of peer review, time to publication, and metrics indicating journal quality.
Edanz Journal Selector
Enter your manuscript's title and abstract, and this service will recommend journals that might be a good fit for your article.
Elsevier Journal Finder
This service only recommends journals that Elsevier publishers. You can narrow your search by specific field, and limit the search to open-access journals.
Journal Article Name Estimator (Jane)
This service is chiefly limited to journals in the bio-medical sciences.
Cofactor Journal Selector
A deterministic, mediated way to find suitable journals for one's work.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
The DOAJ is an index to open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. All subject areas and languages are covered.
A directory of the publishing industry, including book publishers, literary agents, distributors and sales representatives,wholesalers, importers and exporters, translators, literary associations, and more. Searches may be limited by such criteria as subject, region, and publication type.
Find journals relevant to your research by using your article's title, abstract or keywords.
Journal Suggester (Springer)
Enter your title and abstract and then select the article's primary subject to create a list of relevant Springer and BioMed Central journals.
IEEE Publication Recommender
Find the best journal and/or conference for your article by entering keywords, key phrases, or article title. Limited to IEEE journals.
Learn about a Journal
After you have identified appropriate journals in your field, you'll want to learn about the journals to submit to the best journal possible and submit correctly.
- Look at the journal's editorial board. Are any of its members in your sub-field?
- Look at a few issues of the journal and the information provided on the journal’s webpage. Does your article fit within the journal’s typical subject areas and scope?
- Does the methodology of your work fit what this journal typically publishes? (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, case study, survey, meta-analysis, etc.)
- Be realistic about your journal selection (don’t aim too high, don’t aim too low), and don't let fear of rejection guide your choice.
- What about the journal's impact? You'll often hear advice about publishing in "high impact" journals.
- Where is the journal indexed? The more places a journal is indexed, the easier a journal (and your article) can be found.
- Is it open access? This can be very important to individuals.
- Is the journal on a list of predatory publishers? There are fake journals out there - be careful!
Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Evaluate and compare scholarly journals in all areas of the sciences and social sciences. Results can be used to determine which journals are the most important and influential in their respective disciplines based on high impact and citations.
MLA Directory of Periodicals
Describes journals included in the MLA International Bibliograhy, and includes information of interest to those interested in writing for these publications.
Learn about the experiences other authors have had with the review process and article submissions for journals.