How Do I Choose the Best Journal for My Paper?

How Do I Choose the Best Journal for My Paper?


Hi there, I am John Bond from Riverwinds Consulting
and this is Publishing Defined. Today I am to going to be discussing how to
choose a scholarly journal for you to submit your paper to. A bit about me: I’ve been in scholarly publishing
for over 25 year and as Chief Content Officer for a major medical publisher oversaw the
publishing of over 20,000 peer reviewed articles. So, you have collected your data and information
or completed your study. You have written your paper. Now what? Prior to deciding, make sure you have had
the paper read and critiqued by your colleagues and associates. Consider very carefully their feedback and
make the changes where you see fit. Remember to give it one more very close check
for grammar, spelling, format and style before moving on. Now you are ready. In starting to consider where to submit your
paper, create a chart or list of the options under consideration. Include the journals you read and receive;
and the ones you respect. Ask your co-workers and colleagues what journals
best fit the topic of your paper and have them weigh in on their opinions on the publications. In your chart, list these journal names and
their urls. Most journal website will have an About section
that will list the Mission or Aims and Scope of the publication. Read them and see if they align with your
content and article format. Add to the chart the journal’s frequency;
that is monthly, bimonthly, quarterly. Closely review the Information for Authors
published for each Journal, likely at their website. This is the best guide to see if your article
is a fit and will save everyone time. Read it very closely. Not just their mission but also the specifications
for format and types of articles that are interested in. Also, if a journal has an Impact Factor, it
may be listed at their website. If not, sometimes searching the web for that
journal’s current Impact Factor will give you an answer. List whether the journal is subscription based,
or sent to members of a Society, or an Open Access publication. Sometimes a journal may be more than one of
these. If it is Open Access, check out the APC or
Author Processing Charge and include the amount, if any. The more widely the journal is available,
for example an Open Access publication, the more your article will get downloaded and
read. Next check on where the journal is indexed. For instance, in medicine or nursing, being
included in Medline or CINAHL are essential. Check for your area of specialty to see if
the journal is covered in your key abstracting and indexing service. Once again, go the website and ensure articles
are included online in addition to in the paper version of the journal. Are they posted online at acceptance or only
when a print version appears? What may be listed at a website is the average
time a paper takes to get from submission to decision and then the time it takes to
get from acceptance to being published. If your topic has a sense of urgency to it,
this time can be a critical decision. These times may not be publicly available. On occasion, the acceptance rate or rejection
rate from the previous year may be listed. This would be a key piece of data as well. Search your topic over at a journal’s website
to see if they have published any articles on it over the past two years. Most journals are looking for new or novel
takes on existing topics and you might want to see what they have recently published. Finally, submit to just one journal at a time. I know it is tempting to reduce the wait time
and send out to many journals or publications, but etiquette (and ethics) demand one at a
time only. Tally up all the pros and cons of the various
journals you have listed and see which is your best match. If you are still unsure, you can always email
the editor-in-chief with a brief description of your paper and your background. Not all editors will respond, but some might
give you good feedback about their interest. At the end of the day, the most important
decision points are finding the journal that is the best fit for your topic and following
the journal’s published guidelines. Choosing the best fit for your paper is critical. Also choosing whether to publish in an Open
Access journal is just as challenging. More on that later. Well that’s it. Click here to subscribe to my YouTube channel
and also to see a playlist of other videos on choosing a journal. And leave me comments below or send me an
email. Thank you very much and take care.

14 thoughts on “How Do I Choose the Best Journal for My Paper?

  1. I have actually been following the steps that you mentioned in your video about things to consider when deciding on the journal. One of the things that I could not grasp was whether the journal is monthly, bimonthly or quarterly. Would you kindly elaborate on how that affects negatively or positively on our choice of a journal?

  2. How do I know if the journal is pubmed indexed ? If the journal has publications in pubmed , does it mean it is indexed in pubmed ?

  3. Is there is any type of proof reader to check the research paper and exclude grammar mistakes or any situational mistakes .please sir

  4. About section
    Journal’s frequency
    Open Access journal: The more your publication will be cited
    Submission to decision time
    Acceptance to be published time
    Acceptance and rejection rates
    e-mail to editor in chef with a brief description

  5. Dear Professor Bond,
    I'm a PhD Candidate in Architecture, at China, beginning on the craft of journal publication. I'm requested to publish in any of these index EI SCI CSSCI CSCD. However, when I check online if a journal is indexed there, sometimes I find the list, but when I enter to the journal websites, those indexes are not indicated. How can I be sure a journal is indexed in the ones I need?
    Many thanks.!

  6. Thank you for the information. Just a quick feedback: I don't know is it just me, or it's the video, I cannot focus for more than 20 seconds on what you are saying. Maybe it's because you are reading from a text in a monotone voice. And also the background is tooo busy and distracting.

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