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Research Guides@Tufts

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Measuring Research Impact

Learn about journal metrics, author metrics and altmetrics.

Considerations When Choosing a Journal

Where you publish can be as important as what you publish.  Consider the following when choosing a journal to which to submit your article:

Quality
  • How does the journal rank according to impact factor and other journal metrics?
  • Who is on the editorial board of the journal?
  • Can you easily identify and contact the journal's publisher?
  • Is the journal's peer review process explicit?
  • Is the journal or publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
  • What opinion do your colleagues and mentors have of the journal?
Relevance
  • Does the journal publish research that is relevant to your work?
  • Does the journal publish the type of article that you want to write?
  • Who reads the journal?  Is this the audience that you want to read your work?
Discoverability
  • Is the journal indexed by major databases, such as PubMed, Web of Science, or other discipline-specific databases?  This information can be found on the journal's website or Ulrichsweb.
  • Does the journal offer extra services, such as graphical abstracts, videos or social media promotion?
Public and Open Access
  • Do you wish to publish in an open access journal, or a journal that has an open access option?  If so, what are the associated article processing charges (APCs)?
  • Does your article need to comply with a funder's public access policy? 
  • Does the journal allow self-archiving a version of the article on a personal website or institutional repository?  Is there an embargo period?

Match Your Manuscript to a Journal

Evaluate a Journal

Identifying Predatory Journals