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?
There are also additional tools that you can use to identify & evaluate journals you're considering publishing. Browse this section of the guide to learn more about evaluating a journal; tools to use for finding appropriate journals such as journal directories & article analyzers; tools to measure the impact of a journal; and finding an undergraduate research journal to publish in.
When considering a journal as a potential place to publish, here are some things you might ask yourself:
Look for journals where you can answer yes to many of the following questions:
You can also look at the Think Check Submit checklist, use a journal evaluation tool [pdf], or talk to the library!
"Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices."
Grudniewicz, Agnes, et. al. (2019). Predatory journals: No definition, no defence. Nature (London), 576(7786), 210–212. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-019-03759-y.
Use these resources to browse for an appropriate journal for your work, or to research a title that you're considering publishing in.
If you've written an article but aren't sure where to submit it, these tools can help. They use your article's title, keywords, abstract, or full text to find journals that have published similar articles. The description for each resource below notes if it's limited to a specific publisher or discipline.
Undergraduate research journals aren't indexed in many of the sources we typically use for finding journals, so lists of academic journals focused on publishing undergraduate research compiled by universities and organizations are good starting places for finding a place to publish your work:
Some things to consider while looking for an undergraduate research journal to publish your scholarship in include:
Read more about these tools & measures on Hirsh Library's Measuring Research Impact guide.