Question
Asked 17th May, 2021
  • Charmo University

How do you select a right journal?

The method of choosing a suitable publication has become more complicated as a result of the explosion of publications, specializations, and the rise of interdisciplinary topics. Until making a choice on when to write, authors must maximize against a variety of requirements or restrictions.
Which of the following factors do you most important to you to choose for publishing your research article(s)?
  1. Indexing and abstracting (ISI, Scopus, etc.)
  2. Aligning the scope of your article with the journal.
  3. Publication speed.
  4. Accessibility features (open access, print only, etc.).
  5. Significance of article in its field of specialty (Special issues).

Most recent answer

11th Sep, 2022
Chuck A Arize
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Tips for Journal Selection
  • Make a List of the Journals Available.
  • Determine the Impact of the Journal.
  • Make Sure the Journal Scope and Policies match your Needs.
  • Check the Journal Requirements and Distribution.
  • Collect Information about the Journal's Peer Review Process.
  • Check the “Instructions for Authors” thoroughly.

All Answers (11)

18th May, 2021
Fatemeh Daneshfar
University of Kurdistan
Publication speed is more important to my work.
1 Recommendation
18th May, 2021
Oluwadara Pelumi Omotayo
North-West University
1-4
4 Recommendations
19th May, 2021
Neil Dagnall
Manchester Metropolitan University
It is usual a gamble based on metrics and previous publications.
5 Recommendations
19th May, 2021
Rishabh Shrivastava
Central University of Punjab
Selecting a journal for publishing a manuscript is often an exhausting task.
The JIF has been one of the most famous journal-level metric. Most people in academia value Journal Impact Factor (JIF) a lot. However, in some fields, especially those that fall in the area of humanities and social sciences, there are not many journals having JIF.Then those indexed in Web of Science but do not have an Impact Factor are equally good.
Scopus indexed can also be considered as the breadth of indexing of Scopus has been found to be broader. Similarly, indexing/abstracting services in your area of research can be considered. For Social Sciences people, EBSCO offers Social Sciences Abstract, Historical Abstracts, etc. One can publish in journals that are indexed by these services.
I prefer publishing in journals which are being published since a long time. So, if the current volume number of the journal is around 25 or higher, the journal is quite stable.
Then journals of associations and institutions of repute of your field are always a good option. Quantitative Science Studies is a new journal but it is the journal of ISSI. So I would always go for it.
You should always be careful with open access journals. Most of the predatory journals are in open access. However, that is not always the case.
If you are unable to publish but confident that your research is meaningful, upload your paper as a working paper in arXiv, REPec, etc. It wouldn't be counted as a publication, but people read ArXiv papers more than the papers published in "not so popular" journal. You would get citations and trust me, citations do matter when you apply for tenure.
It is all up to you. Indexing matters. JIF matters. Quality matters. Popularity matters.
You have to decide what matters the most for you.
1 Recommendation
4th Jun, 2021
Fatima Boukhlifi
Université Moulay Ismail. Maroc
Finder journal ot suggested journal
6 Recommendations
21st Jul, 2021
Amit Nath
University of Kalyani
27th Aug, 2021
Christian Spreafico
University of Bergamo
Journal finder, search for similar articles, and relevance to the scientific sector
1 Recommendation
29th Aug, 2021
Senthil Kumar Neelamegam
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
1.Identify the good Impact Factor journal in your Specialization.
2. The selected journal should be indexed in WoS / Scopus, etc.
3. If you are a research scholar, then you must confirm that the journal is listed in UGC care list or not?
4. Publication period... Identify the journal which takes least period to publish your research output.
5.Publication cost (Processing charge) - It should be free of cost or affordable fee.
Best wishes....
11th Sep, 2022
Chuck A Arize
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Tips for Journal Selection
  • Make a List of the Journals Available.
  • Determine the Impact of the Journal.
  • Make Sure the Journal Scope and Policies match your Needs.
  • Check the Journal Requirements and Distribution.
  • Collect Information about the Journal's Peer Review Process.
  • Check the “Instructions for Authors” thoroughly.

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Publication of a master's thesis - is it necessary ? Which are the reputable high impact journals and publishers to be considered?
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Scholarship is important for professional growth in any academic field. For this reason, it is imperative to publish your academic work with reputable journals and publishers to share your findings with academic world for visibility of the discoveries and innovations, integration into the present work and to provide baseline information for applications in future related studies and teaching of freshmen. Publication is the first step of scholarship, which involves dissemination of new knowledge to add on the existing knowledge addressing an important problem, and is a requirement for all postgraduate students to complete a scholarly program. Although peer-reviewed and peer revised publications can be derived from a master’s thesis based on an independent research project, it is not practical and rarely possible to include detailed information on the study.
Several accredited and indexed journals and publishers already exist, such as Springer Velag, Elsevier & Wiley. Unfortunately, only few journals and publishers accept a master's thesis for publication and most theses at this level are archived in the university repositories. Nevertheless, some master's theses are based on novel ideas which can attract high scientific and policy interests in food and energy production, conservation of natural resources and technological advancements which makes them worth of consumption.
My concerns are:
1. Is it necessary to publish a master's thesis, whether as a book, independent article or whichever format?
2. What are the reputable journals and publishers for publishing a master's thesis (especially in the domain of life sciences and natural resources). If possible you can provide a link to those journals and publishers.
3. Can publication of a masters thesis improve the scholarly impact of the author?

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