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How to publish a research paper: How do i choose where to publish

This guide is designed to help you prepare your papers to be published in scholarly peer reviewed journals. Tips and some useful advice.

Choosing a journal

Create a chart or a list of options.

Start adding journals you already read or recommended to you to the chart.

List the journals URLs in the chart, to make it easier for you to go back to when you need.

Most journal websites have an (about) section, check Mission, aims, and scope.

Check if the journal's mission, aims, and scope aligns with your paper topic or subject.

Add to the chart the frequency of the journal monthly, bimonthly, quarterly.

Closely review the information for authors published in these journals.

Check specifications, format, types of articles, subjects this journal requires or interested in.

Check the impact factor of the journal, if it's not available from the journal site search for it, you can go to Scimago.

Check if the journal is subscription based, sent to members of an organization, or it's open access.

If it is open access, check out the APC (Author Processing Charge) and include the amount if any. The more widely the journal is available the more it will be downloaded and read.

Check where the journal is indexed, for example, if it's a medical article is it indexed in Medline or Onahi etc.

Check for the area of speciality to see if the journal is covered in your key abstracting and indexing service.

Go to the website and ensure articles are included online in addition to the paper version, are they posted online at acceptance or only when a print version appears.

What may be listed at a website is the average time a paper takes to get from submission to decision and then the time it takes to get from acceptance to being published.

If your topic has a sense of urgency to it, this time can be a critical decision. The acceptance or rejection rate from the previous year may be listed, and this would be important data for you.

Search the journal's website and search for articles published in your topic over the past two years.

Try to decide if your paper fits more in a highly technical journal or a general one meant for a broader audience.

Useful Resources and links

 

•Journals citation report from Web Of Science.
•SJR Scientific Journal and country Ranking Scimago.
•Journal / Author name estimator Jane.
Journal H-index in: web of science, Scopus, and Google Scholar.
•Directory of open access journals. DOAJ.org.