Strategic publishing

Find out more about scholarly publishing, predatory publishers, author rights and open access.

Finding lists of journals in your subject area

You will no doubt already be choosing to publish your research in outlets that are the best fit for your area of research. Publishing your research for maximum impact and visibility involves thinking strategically about the audience for your research, selecting and evaluating appropriate journals or other sources. 

Deciding which journal is the best place to publish your work will involve many different factors: audience, research area, need or desire to publish open access, among many other concerns.  Looking at Publications in Top Citation Percentiles and SNIPs for journals in your area is another factor to consider. If you haven’t looked at this until now, you may find new publishing outlets that are also well ranked.   

There are a number of tools you can use when you have a list of preferred titles to help determine which might offer better chance of impact. This would never guarantee that your work would get citations, but you can see which journals might have more publications in the past that have received citations. This could indicate that the publication is well regarded by the discipline. 

The next section will show you how to use selection tools to create a publication short-list and compare the titles.