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Selecting Where to Publish


Selecting journals:

You can use tools to find journals in your discipline or related to your manuscript.

Others tools:

  • Google Scholar Journal Metrics - uses it own h-index to compare
  • Scopus – compares journals using SCImago
  • Cabells - helps you match the characteristics of your manuscript to the topic areas the journal emphasizes, as well as bibliometrics, journal ranking and acceptance rate.
  • Jane - is a journal/author name estimator tool that compares your document to millions of documents in Medline to find the best matching journals, authors or articles. Still need to evaluate suggested journals.


Comparing journals

What ethical commitments has the journal made?

*For more on journal publishing ethics view the Code of Conduct and Best Practice for Journal Editors.


What is impact factor of a journal?

There are very different methods for comparing journals based on different metrics. Informed and careful use of these impact data is essential. Journals from different disciplines can not be compared easily. For more in-depth information see > ASSESSING JOURNAL QUALITY: IMPACT FACTORS (Boston College Libraries)

  • Journal impact factor (measures the importance of a journal by calculating the times its articles are cited).
  • Eigenfactor is a rating of the total importance of a scientific journal based on the number of incoming citations, with citations from highly ranked journals weighted to make a larger contribution than those from poorly ranked journals.
  • SCImago – similar to eigenfactor based on Scopus data.


Issues with journal impact factors:

The Journal Impact Factor was originally created as a tool to help librarians identify journals to purchase, not as a measure of the scientific quality of research in an article. With that in mind, it is critical to understand that the Journal Impact Factor has a number of well-documented deficiencies as a tool for research assessment. These limitations include: A) citation distributions within journals are highly skewed B) the properties of the Journal Impact Factor are field-specific: it is a composite of multiple, highly diverse article types, including primary research papers and reviews; C) Journal Impact Factors can be manipulated (or “gamed”) by editorial policy; and D) data used to calculate the Journal Impact Factors are neither transparent nor openly available to the public. 

In 2012 the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), initiated by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) together with a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals, recognized the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated. They released an international declaration in 2013 calling on the world scientific community to eliminate the role of the journal impact factor in evaluating research for funding, hiring, promotion, or institutional effectiveness. T o date 904 organizations and 12,511 individuals have signed the declaration.
(From San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
Putting Science Into The Assessment of Research

Other indicators of quality:

  • Who is on the Editorial board?
  • Where is the journal indexed?
  • What is their business model?
  • What is the journals acceptance rate?
  • What is there copyright/licensing agreement require?

*For more on Evaluating Journal Quality Reputation view the Principles of Transparency guide from University of Illinois Chicago Libraries.


Evaluating OA publishers and journals

Evaluating OA publishers and journals is similar to evaluating traditional journals. Here are some standard checks for legitimacy of OA publishers and journals:

  • OASPA Membership - is a signal that the publisher is committed to standards set by membership with follows COPE standards of conduct.
  • Can journal be found in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) Does the journal have a green checker mark? Are they a member?
  • What is their profit model?
  • Who is the editor, who is on the board?
  • Did they solicit your article or chapter?

Use this checklist tool> http://thinkchecksubmit.org/check/

Download a checklist > Checklist for Assessing Journal Authenticity

Measuring Research Impact


Library Contact

Julia Rodriguez
Scholarly Communications Librarian



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