Since we understand that it is not a cakewalk to complete a complex research project and prepare your manuscript for publication purposes, we suggest you to be selective while displaying your work in the right journal. Finding an appropriate journal can offer extensive exposure to your research work. Here are suggestions on some critical factors that should be considered while selecting the right journal/publication for your study.
Scope of the journal
Check the subject areas that a specific journal covers, the kind of articles it publishes, and its target audience. Assessing the overall scope of a journal becomes more important when you are doing a cross-discipline research. To understand it, you may check a section that is usually called “About the Journal.” Ensure whether your chosen journal would be able to cover your study and provide the right audience to it.
Reputation/quality of the journal
While several factors determine a journal’s reputation, the most important ones include its impact factor and indexing level. Impact factor indicates the frequency of a journal’s articles being cited. Even though all authors want to choose a journal with high impact factor, it is necessary to evaluate whether your study is suitable for a top-tier publication. Further, many renowned indexing services cover selected journals and make their articles, as well as bibliographic elements available in their own product databases. Thus, you might like to check the indexing level of your chosen journal, as it could indicate its quality and reputation.
Distribution/reach of the journal
A journal’s readership size can be increased by giving it open access and effective archiving. Open access means that an article will be freely available (majorly online) to a wider audience after being published. Needless to say, it is better for maximized exposure. Additionally, some journals offer long-term preservation and access to its published articles, as well as allow self-archiving to authors. This is also a positive indicator of gaining higher readership.
Subscribe today and get future blog posts your email.