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Maximum research impact: With journals

This guide is for faculty, staff and students who would like to increase the impact of their research and I would be happy to get feedback about it.

Choosing journals

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.