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Publish Your Research: Where Should I Publish?

Tips on how to get your work published in a variety of formats.

Strategies

  • 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.

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!