Your colleagues, mentors and expectations or requirements by your academic and funding institutions influence your choice of journals in which you will publish. Long-published journals are easily found in major subject, abstract and citation databases and provide metrics such as journal impact factor and citation counts.
If a journal is newly created or not from an established publisher, it helps to scan the editorial boards. Other criteria when evaluating a journal are its peer review practices, the subject explored by the journal and its fit with your research area, and if the journal is included in Ulrich's or Sherpa/ROMEO resource. Before agreeing to an author processing charge, you need to know what this charge is exactly before you submit your research document or materials,
Think.Check.Submit provides a checklist on evaluating a journal and to avoid predatory publishers and this guide provides information on journal-level metrics such as impact factor and an acceptable impact number.
Please contact the College Library team when you need help with selecting a journal or to evaluate its publishing record.