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Research Guides@Tufts

Scholarly Publishing

Identify and evaluate journals

How can you identify journals to publish your work in? To start, look at the journals you read, that your colleagues read and publish in, and at who you cite in your work. Is there a pattern to those journals?

When considering a journal as a potential place to publish, ask yourself:

  • Does the subject matter covered in the journal match your scholarship?
  • Do the types of articles published and article length guidelines match with what you want to submit?
  • Are you or your colleagues familiar with the journal? Look at its affiliation and publisher, and the editorial board and authors who publish in it
  • What is the reputation of the journal? Look at impact factor or other relevant metrics
  • Are articles peer-reviewed?
  • Does the journal have an ISSN, and do articles have DOIs?
  • Is the journal indexed in a service that you use?
  • Who is the audience and what is the readership of the journal?
  • What are the journal’s copyright policies? Are there fees to publish? Open access options?
  • What is the typical timeframe from submission to publication?

You can also look at the Think Check Submit checklist, use a journal evaluation tool [pdf], or talk to the library! We can help identify potential journals related to your field, and offer a number of tools that may help you locate an appropriate journal.

Predatory publishers

Journal directories

Tools to measure journal impact

Read more about these tools & measures on Hirsh Library's Measuring Research Impact guide.

Article analyzers & journal suggesters

Any questions?

Tisch can help with any questions or concerns that come up for you in the course of the publishing process.

Use the tabs on the left to browse the resources in this guide, or get in touch with us at any time.