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Research Impact Metrics

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Journal Selection Considerations

Where you publish can be as important as what you publish. 

Consider the following when selecting a journal to which to submit your article:

  • Relevance: The journal should publish research that is relevant to your work, the type of article that you want to publish, and reach the audience that you want to read your work.  For interdisciplinary research, finding a relevant journal may mean looking beyond the journals in your field.
  • Discoverability: The journal should be indexed by major citation and abstract databases, such as PubMed, Web of Science and Scopus.
  • Quality: Where does the journal ranked according to Impact Factor,  Eigenfactor score, and SCImago Journal Ranking?  Is there a robust peer-review process?  Who is on the editorial board of the journal? Check your references of your own research to see the journals in which they were published.
  • Open Access: Do you wish to publish in an open access journal, which will make the full text of your work freely available online at the time of publication? Does the journal have an article processing charge (APC)? Who is the publisher?
  • Public Access: Does your article need to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy?


Resources for finding journals in which to publish your research

More on Scholarly Publishing

To learn more about authorship criteria and best practices in scholarly publishing, you may want to visit the Scientific Integrity and Publishing Standards page. Link is below.