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Publish strategically

There is lot to gain from choosing the right journal. Depending on what needs your publication aim to meet (is it for example more important to be read within your field, or to be published in a high-rank journal?), different aspects of a particular journal may be evaluated. Below are five assessment bases to investigate a journal.

1) Is the academic journal serious?

Is the journal serious? Always make sure the journal you are about to publish in is a serious journal to avoid publishing in questionable journals (often called predatory journals).

 

How to check this?

Is the journal included in Web of Science

Only journals reviewed and complying with specific requirements are included in Web of Science.

Easiest through the LiU Journal CheckUp service
 

Is the journal included in Scopus?

Only journals reviewed and complying with specific requirements are included in Scopus.

Easiest through the LiU Journal CheckUp service 
 

Is the journal included in the Norwegian List?

Only journals reviewed and complying with specific requirements are included in the Norwegian List.

Easiest through the LiU Journal CheckUp service
 

Is the journal included in PubMed? (In medical subjects)

Only journals reviewed and complying with specific requirements are included in PubMed. Note that PubMed has a much more generous inclusion process and is no guarantee of serious journals.

Easiest through the LiU Journal CheckUp service
 

Is the journal included in DOAJ?

DOAJ reads “Directory of Open Access Journals”. Only journals reviewed and complying with specific requirements are included in DOAJ: If the journal is an open access journal, it should be included here. Some dubious journals' websites claim the journal is listed in DOAJ.

Easiest through the LiU Journal CheckUp service
 

If a journal is included in two or more of the above reviewed lists/databases, it is a good indication that it is serious. A journal can often be serious without being included in any of the above - contact us at research support (forskningsstod@bibl.liu.se) and we will be pleased to evaluate the journal for you!

 

2) Is the journal well-known in its field?

By publishing, you participate in an academic discussion. Is the journal read by researchers in the same discussion?

 

How to check this?

Do your colleagues publish in the journal?

Look in old issues for familiar names.

Are you reading and citing articles in the journal?

If it is not in your reference list, you might question why you want to publish in it.

Have a look at your own reference list.

Do you recognize the editors?

Please note that dubious journals can ”borrow” names of established scientists.

Check the contact information on the journal's website.

 

3) Is the journal visible?

An article that cannot be found on the web has a problem reaching its readers.

 

How to check this?

Does the journal have DOI links (Digital Object Identifier) to all articles?

DOI links are permanent identification codes for academic publications. They are there to facilitate correct linking.

Check if an earlier article in the journal has a working DOI link.

Are the articles visible on the web?

Competent publishers often choose to give articles good metadata. This means they are easier to find.

Google a few complete article titles to see if you find them.

Is the journal an Open Access journal

Articles published open access are much more visible than articles behind a pay wall. Many (but not all) Open Access journals are in DOAJ.

Check if the journal is in DOAJ in LiU Journal CheckUp service.
 

If the journal is a subscription based journal, does it have a short embargo period?

Subscription based journals often give authors possibility to parallel publishing (green Open Access) after an embargo period that can be long or short. A shorter embargo period gives you a greater opportunity to make your article more visible through marketing.

The embargo period is available in the LiU Journal CheckUp service

 

4) Does the journal suit your needs?

Journals that, in other ways, seems suitable may not be meet your needs.

 

How to check this?

Does your funder require open access? Most funding agencies have mandated OA.  

See the page Open Access required by funders

Is it important to you that the time between submitting and publication is short?

Sometimes, e.g. when your article will be part of a thesis, it could be important that it is published quickly.

Regrettably, there are no good tools for this.  It is possible to compare the time between submitted and published for some articles in the journal for a blunt measure. If the journal is published by Elsevier, "review speed" might be found in "journal insights".

Is the journal affordable?

Many journals charge fees.

  • Many open access journals charge Article Processing Charges (APC).
  • Subscription based journals are commonly charging for colour illustrations and extra long articles. 
  • Many subscription based journals allow open access publishing (hybrid open access) for a fee. This is often more expensive than publishing in pure open access journals.

Check the journals home page. This information could be a hidden in an FAQ or in some other page. Also see our page for Open Access for discounts.

Is the journal in the right field?

One important reason for rejection is that an article is outside the field of the journal.

Don’t forget to read ”scope”.

 

5) Is the journal high-ranking?

Publishing in highly rated journals leads to higher impact for the research.

 

How to check this?

Is the journal in the top quartile in Web Of Science?

Journals in Web of Science have a Journal Impact Factor (JIF), an indicator based on the average number of citations per article. This can be used to compare the journal's impact. The top 25% of journals with the highest JIF belong to the top quartile in the subject area.

Easiest through the LiU Journal CheckUp service.
 

Does the journal have a high SNIP value in Scopus?

Journals in Scopus have a SNIP value. An indicator measuring the journals impact in its field. The average journal has a value 1.

Easiest through the LiU Journal CheckUp service.
 

Is the journal ranked in level 2 in the Norwegian database Publiseringskanaler  (The Norwegian list.)

Approved journals and publishers are ranked in level 1 (scientific) or level 2 (leading in their scientific field).

Easiest through the LiU Journal CheckUp service.
 

Is the journal well cited in ”Publish or Perish”?

Publish or Perish is a good free software for quick evaluation of a journal. Enter the name of the journal to see if it is cited in e.g.  Google Scholar to get an idea of its impact on the web.

Download and install the Publish or Perish program and enter the journal name.

Other services of interest

LiU Journal Inspiration

A service that, based on your own article manuscript provides suggestions for journals that have published similar articles.

 

Bibliometrics

Bibliometrics involves the quantitative study of academic publications, and measures, among other things, productivity and impact. Bibliometric analyses can also be used to visualize networking and subject interactions, and are used as a complement to peer review in evaluations of academic research.

The library delivers publishing statistics for LiU and helps institutions and research groups with bibliometric analyses.

Read more about bibliometrics


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Last updated: Thu Apr 26 14:43:38 CEST 2018