Finding the right home for your article is an important part of scholarly publishing! With new journals launching every year, this can be a challenging task. Every field has its well-known, prestigious journals, but newer, interdisciplinary, and lesser-known journals are also worth considering, and are often a better home for very specialized articles, or for ones that seek a specific readership.

When you are choosing a journal, you may want to consider: the topic of an article, the type and size of a journal's readership, the waiting periods between submission, acceptance, and publication, and the journal's acceptance rate. This guide introduces resources that identify journals by subject matter, access model, journal metrics, and authors' rights. It also offers a selection of general and discipline-specific writing guides.

Most of the information you need to assess the suitability of an unfamiliar journal is available on the journal's website, which should provide information including:

  • Scope of the journal
  • Intended audience
  • Editorial board
  • Peer-review process
  • Author guidelines
  • Copyright agreements
  • Indexing services

You can find most of this information on a publisher's website in the About section or under Author Guidelines.

Depending on discipline and access models, a journal website may also include policies on research data, options for open access and self-archiving, and publication fees (if any). Lack of transparency may be a sign of a low-quality or deceptive publisher.

The guides linked below provide further information about identifying and evaluating journals.

  • Identifying Journals introduces tools that assist with the discovery of academic journals by discipline and field of study.
  • Evaluating Journals presents an some resources for assessing the quality of a journal, including an overview of common journal metrics and resources that track one or more impact factors.
  • Open Access Publishing lists resources that identify and assess open access journals. It also describes the Library's Scholarship Open Access Reserve (SOAR) fund in support of article processing fees.
  • Authors' Rights provides information on issues and resources related to publication agreements and intellectual property.
  • Writing Guides lists selected general and discipline-specific guides to writing and publishing.

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