Factors to Consider in Determining Appropriateness of JournalYour choice of journal for manuscript submission may depend on several factors:
Purpose of publishing
- What are the interests of my program/department?
- What is the desired current and future use of my research?
- Is the journal indexed?
- What is its circulation?
- What is its frequency? How many issues are published per year?
- What is the journal's “prestige” or impact factor?
- Hint: look at the “About this journal” section of publisher’s website
- Know target audience of a journal
- Who publishes the journal?
- What associations or societies may this journal be affiliated with? Will my paper appeal to the membership?
- Which journals are my peers most likely to read?
- Instructions for Authors readily accessible and comprehensive
- Journal describes the editorial process
- Electronic submission systems
- Where have my colleagues published and did they have positive experiences?
- Copyrights are a bundle of rights: Can I have a free reprint or electronic copy of my work? Can I share in classwork?
- Ensure maximum distribution and use of scholarly output
- Various publishing models: OA, traditional, hybrid, electronic/print, embargoes
- Various versions of output: Epub, short, long, abstract, unedited online, author manuscript, etc.
- How does the publisher make journal accessible? Print and/or electronically?
- Is content free (Open Access) or subscribed?
- Google Scholar – retrieves articles posted in repositories
- Various repositories to deposit your work (but publisher may permit only certain output styles)
- Traditional vs. Open Access publishing models (Open Access may require that author pays a pub fee)
- Does my program/department have a policy on handling submission, acceptance, or processing fees for faculty?
- Author costs can be a deterrent to selecting a fee-charging journal
- Possible benefits of a fee-charging journal? OA, immediacy, accessibility, author retention of copyright
Content is adapted from the following article:
Thompson, P.J. (2007). How to choose the right journal for your manuscript. Chest, 132(3), 1073-6.
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