You will likely come across potential journals for publication in your research, or via recommendations from your peers. Sometimes, it may be helpful to look for journals in a more systematic way. The resources listed here can help you find academic journals within a specific discipline or field of study. Many of them will allow you to limit by access policies, so that you can more easily discover open access journals. Some also provide information about journal metrics, including impact factor.

Among these resources, Jane is special because it matches title and abstract keywords to journals. A similar method can be used in the library's subject-specific databases (not listed here). Enter relevant keywords describing your research to discover journals that published similar research.

Jane (Journal/Author Name Estimator)
Suggests journals for publication by analyzing keywords from article titles and abstracts. Works well for nursing and sciences.

Arranges journals by discipline. Results can be further narrowed to specific fields. Includes Scimago Journal ranking (SJR).

Cabells Journalytics Academic
Helps researchers to identify journals for manuscript submission. Provides journal overviews, metrics, and manuscript guidelines. Includes acceptance rates, journal impact factors and altmetrics where available. Also features reports on journals with questionable practices. Villanova researchers have access to journal information in the fields of health, education, business, psychology, and psychiatry. Formerly known as Cabells Scholarly Analytics.

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Browse by subject or search by keyword and limit by peer review process, country of publisher or copyright policy. Also allows searching of articles within open access journals.

Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics)
Presents academic journal analytics that evaluate, rank, and compare journals using citation data drawn from about thirty percent of journals in the sciences, technology, and social sciences. Facilitates the identification of highly ranked journals for publication.

CiteScore (Scopus/Elsevier)
Generates and ranks discipline-specific lists of journals.

SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)
A directory of journals indexed by Elsevier's Scopus and sortable by a subject and a variety of metrics denoting prestige or importance. Check off for open access journals.

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Accettura, MargotAstronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics610-519-8129Room 220
Daly, NicoleCommunication, Sociology and Criminology, Psychology, College of Professional Studies610-519-5207Falvey 225
Foasberg, NancyScholarly Communication610-519-5075Room 218C
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Ortiz Rivera, LaurieHistory, Art History, Education & Counseling610-519-3907Room 229
Poley, DarrenTheology & Religious Studies; Humanities & Classical Studies610-519-6371Room 230
Seibert, JuttaGlobal Interdisciplinary Studies610-519-7876Room 228
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