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Publishing a Journal Article

Selecting a Journal

Select a journal that matches your article in terms of subject, scope and approach.  When choosing among similar journals, consider which one has the highest prestige or rank in your discipline or sub-field.

If You Have a Journal in Mind

Once you have a journal in mind, be sure to visit the journal's website to read the Aims and Scope or Mission Statement. Here are some examples. 

Be sure to note whether the journal

  • follows a particular approach, theory or methodology 
  • is aimed at a particular specialized audience. For example, academic researchers in psychology, not practicing psychologist

Find Journals by Subject Area

Multi-Disciplinary
  • Web of Science
    Despite its name, WoS is a multidisciplinary resource. Search by keywords for your topic. At the results page, look at the Refine Results options on the left. Scroll down to the bottom and choose Select more options. When additional options display, choose Source Titles.  You'll see a list of titles that have published articles with the keywords you entered.
  • Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
    Find a ranked list of journals in your discipline. Science and Social Sciences files from Web of Science are included. Instructional videos and printable instructions are available.
  • Genamics JournalSeek
    A categorized database of over 75,000 journal titles, with basic information for each one.
  • JournalGuide
    Multidisciplinary. For some titles, includes acceptance rate and time from admission to acceptance.
  • Summon 
    The general search box on the library home page, Summon, offers options to limit to Peer-Review, by discipline, and by year. Search by keywords for your topic, then refine your search results to articles in peer reviewed journals published since 2010. Scan the result list for journal names.
Science and Health Sciences
  • Springer Journal Selector
    The selector recommends the most appropriate journal from 2900 Springer and BMC titles, primarily science.
  • JANE: Journal Author Name Estimator
    Enter your abstract or other key words and retrieve up to 50 suggested journals from the health sciences journals listed in the PubMed database.
Social Sciences
  • Journal Reviewer
    More than 700 Social Science journals 
  • Ulrichsweb
    Comprehensive directory includes journals in all subject areas, including titles in Humanities and Social Sciences that are not that are not included in Journal Citation Reports. Follow these step-by-step instructions to search by discipline.
     
Via Disciplinary Databases in all Subject Areas

Each guide lists databases for a particular discipline on the Articles or Journals tab. Search databases by keywords for your topic and note journal titles.

Find Journals by Rank

Virtually all journals forbid multiple submissions, so journal rankings can help you decide which journal to try first.

The Subject Librarian for your discipline can help you find and use the most appropriate tools for ranking and selecting journals in your subject area.