Step 1: Start the search by creating a pool of potential journals.
You can do so by:
Step 2: Narrow down to a handful of suitable journals.
Below are some of the most important criteria to keep in mind when choosing a journal that is a good match for your research.
What are the aims and scope of the journal?
This information is usually readily available on the journal’s homepage. Look for a section titled “About the Journal,” “Full Aims and Scope,” or something similar. Browsing through this page will provide you with key information about whether your research might be a good match for the journal.
Has the journal published articles that are similar to yours?
Once you have identified a few journals that might be likely to publish your manuscript based on their broad aims and scope, consider performing a search with the keywords (or title) of your manuscript to determine whether the journal has published work that is similar to yours. You may search in journal finders (see below) or academic databases. Aim to identify 3-5 papers published within the last 5 years and try to determine whether these papers are similar to yours in quality and scope. Identifying previously published papers in your specific subject area is excellent evidence that your research topic is of interest to the audience of a particular journal, which will increase your chances of review.
Are you publishing research data?
You can consider data journals as an option. Being one of the emerging publishing channels, data journals not only serve as a platform to exhibit datasets publicly and internationally, it also enables researchers to share their research data output more easily.
Do you want to publish open access?
If so, you may refer to the list of journals or publishers under Open Access section to guide you.
What are the journal’s restrictions?
Submission to a journal that does not accept the type of article you’ve written is a surefire way to be rejected immediately. For example, some journals, such as the British Journal of Surgery, do not publish case reports. Thus, it is essential to check the “Information for Authors” section of your target journal to determine the journal’s restrictions. It is also important to note restrictions related to word count. For example, if your manuscript is 7,000 words and the journal accepts papers no longer than 4000 words, a substantial revision will obviously be required. The cost of publication can also be viewed as a restriction, as some journals charge very high article processing fees. Fees can also charged for open access, additional pages beyond a certain limit, or color figures.
What are the journal’s metrics?
The validity of the Journal Impact Factor or other journal metrics (e.g. CiteScore, SJR, SNIP) as a measure for journal quality is controversial. Nevertheless, they remain the default method for determining the quality and reputation of a journal. Although it is tempting to submit a manuscript to the journal with the highest journal metrics, it is important to objectively evaluate your research and determine whether it is truly suitable for a top-tier journal. Otherwise, you will risk valuable time and effort resubmitting (and reformatting) your manuscript multiple times for multiple journals.
Adapted from: American Journal Experts
Demonstrate impact via Citation Analysis
Citation analysis is a quantitative method whereby important and essential literature of a field can be identified on the basis of how often a publication is cited in other publications. However, there are limitations in using citations as an indicator for measuring research impact (see Limitations tab)
Citation Metrics (often referred to as Bibliometrics) serve as an indication of the interest in and importance of research publications within the scholarly community:
More on the above metrics will be covered in the next section under MeasureImpact .
To distinguish your research from others, you might want to create a researcher profile and maintain an author identity. There are several benefits of adopting author identifier, such as ORCID iD.