Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: Dec 08, 2020     Views: 7

The librarians aren't subject experts who publish in your field, so we am not familiar with the journals in that area in the context of publishing our research. However, here are some ideas that are generally useful for finding a journal to publish in:

1. Which journals did you cite? 

2. Which journals do your colleagues in the same field who have looked at your paper (or at least your abstract) recommend? 

3. If you do a library search for the topic of your article, which journals keep coming up in the search results? 

4. Consider journals in the disciplines that your research crosses over into, as well as your primary discipline. (That is, unless you need to publish in a certain discipline for tenure.)

Here are two tools that mine your draft for key words and phrases in order to suggest appropriate journals:


One thing that may be useful when using those tools is to make sure that the title, abstract, or keywords, or even all of them, mention the type of study (qualitative, quantitative, meta-analysis, etc.) and possibly even more detail about the methods, so you will come up in keyword scans. 

If you are looking into Open Access journals, please make use of the Legitimate Journals Checklist to make sure that the one you publish in is reputable.

If you are looking into traditional paywall journals, please use Sherpa Romeo to learn what your author rights are under that journal's standard agreement. If the journal's standard agreement involves transferring your copyright to them, please consider using the SPARC Author Addendum in order to retain your rights.  


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