You've finished a piece of research, what's next? Before you contact journals to publish your research, it's important that you identify credible, relevant, and impactful journals to publish your work in, in addition to evaluating individual journals themselves. In other words, identifying journals for publication often requires more research!
This page outlines methods, tools, and resources you can use to identify journals in your field suitable for publication.
A simple way to get an idea of where your research topic fits in among journals is to search for your topic in a database to see where related articles have been published in your field.
Using the Scopus database can be a good way to identify journals for publication. Follow the instructions below to find journals using Scopus:
Be sure to evaluate each journal for quality.
Ulrich's Web is a global serial directory. The directory is accessible online through the Library's resources here. Ulrich's Web publishes information about journals such as: publisher information, online availability, subject classifications, how often the serial is published, whether or not the journal is peer-reviewed, and much more.
You can also browse article titles by issue for specific journals. This can be a quick way to get a sense of a more detailed sense of the journal's discipline and research focus.
Identifying professors and scholars in your discipline can be a valuable way to learn about journals. Use their expertise to get a better overall view of the publishing community in your research focus. If you can't find a scholar that specializes in your discipline, try contacting a subject-specific librarian here at the Library by finding your subject library.
Some databases and publishers have already done the work for you by compiling lists and databases specifically designed to examine impact: