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Choosing a Target Journal
There are a number of factors to consider when submitting your manuscript for publication. Choosing a journal that matches your research output increases the chances that your manuscript will be accepted.
Identify potential target journals before you start writing your manuscript. Visit the journals' websites, read the journals' guidelines for authors and consider the following criteria:
- Length restrictions
- Time to publication
For a thorough analysis of factors to consider when selecting a journal, see Becker Medical Library's guide.
Tutorial - Choosing The Right Journal for Your Research
Tools for Selecting a Journal
JournalGuide is a free tool that helps researchers to evaluate scholarly journals. In addition to searching by journal name, category or publisher, authors can use the title and abstract of a paper to discover journals that have already published articles on similar topics.
Jane (Journal/Author Name Estimator) is designed to help authors identify journals to which to submit. Simply enter your title and/or abstract and Jane will find the best matching journals.
The Edanz Journal Selector can guide you through the publication process. Using your abstract, the Journal Selector identifies a list of journals that publish in related areas.
Elsevier Journal Finder
The Elsevier Journal Finder helps identify journals suitable for submission. Enter your title, abstract and field(s) of research to find Elsevier journals that match your article's scope.
This site provides a simple checklist to use to evaluate the quality of a journal before you submit.
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You can look up journal ranking and impact information in Scopus to inform your decision about where to publish. To do so, open Scopus and click on "Sources" in the top right corner. Then browse journals by subject area or search for a specific title.