Answered By: David Farris
Last Updated: Nov 09, 2022     Views: 265

Consider these options when selecting a journal for publication:

  • Journals that you and your colleagues read
  • Journals where you have already published
  • Journals that published articles you cited in your manuscript
  • Recommendations from colleagues

Use these resources to generate a list of potential journals


  • Web of Science Manuscript Matcher (requires free account)

    • Notable features: limit search results to those included in current edition of Journal Citation Reports and those included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

  • Jane (Journal/Author Name Estimator)

    • Notable features: includes an article influence number for each journal listed and indicates if journal is indexed in MEDLINE, PubMed Central, and/or a high quality open access publication.

  • Publisher-specific journal finders (NOTE: these resources will search for only those journals published by that specific publisher, so the recommendations are are not comprehensive and are biased toward that publisher.)

Evaluate the journal

Also consider

  • Journal’s reputation
  • Intended audience (broad [NEJM] vs. specialized [Annals of Surgical Oncology])
  • Types of articles published by journal and word count limits
  • Impact factor (indicates average number of times an article is cited within 2 years after publication)
  • Proportion of accepted manuscripts (40% vs. 6%)
  • Average time from submission to initial decision and acceptance to publication
  • Publishing model (subscription vs. open access)
  • Ease of use of manuscript submission system and working with editorial staff
  • Terms of publishing agreement
    • Author transfers copyright to publisher and must request permission to reuse portions of article
    • Author transfers copyright to publisher and publisher automatically grants right to reuse without permission
    • Author retains copyright and right to reuse portions of paper without permission
  • Submit a pre-submission inquiry to journal

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