Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2022     Views: 3

There are a number of aspects to consider when finding the most appropriate journal to target for publishing.

As you should only ever submit your article to one journal at a time, it is worthwhile to compare journals carefully to select the best possible fit for your work and thus enhance your chances of being accepted for publication.

Some key considerations are:

  • What subject matter does this journal publish on?
  • Who reads this journal?
  • Is the journal peer reviewed?
  • Does the journal have high impact metrics?
  • How often does the journal publish?
  • How discoverable is it – does it have an ISSN, and where is it indexed and abstracted?
  • What are the submission guidelines of the journal?
  • How long does the review and online publication process take?
  • What are the publication costs?
  • Is the journal Open Access?

The Library's Journal Finder tool is a helpful resource for locating and comparing journals in a specific discipline area. A comprehensive help guide to using the tool can be found here.

For further assistance, please contact your School Librarian.

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