While scholars can readily identify the most prestigious journals in their field, finding equally suitable but less prestigious journals, especially those that are interdisciplinary in scope, can pose a challenge. There are many reasons to consider submitting an article to a “less prestigious” or lower ranked journal: the topic of an article, the type and size of a journal's readership, the waiting periods between submission, acceptance, and publication, and/or a journal's acceptance rate. This guide introduces resources that assist with identifying journals by subject matter and access model, journal metrics, and authors' rights. It also offers a selection of general and discipline specific writing guides.

  • Identifying Journals introduces tools that identify academic journals by discipline and field of study.
  • Journal Metrics introduces common journal metrics (impact factors and altmetrics) and lists resources that track them.
  • Open Access Publishing presents tools that identify and assess open access journals. It also introduces the Library's Scholarship Open Access Reserve (SOAR) fund in support of article processing fees.
  • Authors' Rights presents issues and resources related to publication agreements and intellectual property.
  • Writing Guides presents selected general and discipline specific guides to writing and publishing.

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Bishov, DeborahCommunication; Education & Counseling; Russian Studies 610-519-5207Room 225
Fogle, NikolausPhilosophy610-519-5182Room 227
Fry, AlfredEngineering, Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science610-519-4283Room 224
Hauck, LindaBusiness, Human Resource Development610-519-8744Room 222
Hayes, EricaDigital Scholarship, Digital Humanities, and Global Interdisciplinary Studies610-519-5391Room 229
Hughes, SarahNursing, Biology, Health Sciences610-519-8129Room 220
LeBlanc, RobertACS, First-Year Experience610-519-7778Room 226
Poley, DarrenTheology & Religious Studies; Humanities & Classical Studies610-519-6371Room 230
Seibert, JuttaHistory, Art History, Irish Studies610-519-7876Room 228
Stein, MerrillPolitical Science / Psychological and Brain Sciences / Public Admin. / Naval Science / Geography & the Environment610-519-4272Room 221
Turkel, SusanSociology & Criminology, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and Gender & Women's Studies610-519-3846Room 227-230
Wingo, SarahEnglish Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature 610-519-5183Room 223