Strategic publishing

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

Journal selection tools

Journal selection tools can help you select journals that include articles in your field. Some are made available by publishers and can suggest journals based on a title or abstract of a manuscript. Some tools are publisher-free or specialise in a discipline.  

General tools:

  • Cabells Journalytics a searchable, curated database of critical information about verified and reputable academic journals. 
  • conpher reviews from academics, acceptance and publication times, extensive and created by academics, 
  • CWTS Journal Indicators access to bibliometric indicators on scientific journals.
  • Dimensions paste an abstract into 'Abstract search' to find similar documents and analyse the results using 'Analytical Views'.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals search by keywords to find journals and articles in Open Access journals.
  • Journal TOCs browse and search tables of contents of over 30,000 journals.
  • Open Journal Matcher searches Directory of Open Access Journals, and provides a list of the 5 top matching journals.
  • Responsible Journals (Platform for Responsible Editorial Policies (PREP) database of journals' peer review policies
  • scirev reviews from academics, duration of manuscript handling phases, characteristics of peer review process
  • Transpose database of journal policies on peer review, co-reviewing, and preprinting
  • Ulrichsweb most comprehensive tool with excellent filtering, saving and sharing for 300,000 journals

Publisher tools:

  • Elsevier Journal Finder Search Elsevier journals by title and abstract to find journal titles and their publishing parameters.
  • Master Journal List and Manuscript ​Matcher from Clarivate Analytics EndNote Online. Enter article title, abstract and/or references from your EndNote libraries to find suggested journal titles.
  • Springer Journal Suggester Search through Springer and BMC journals by abstract, research description or sample text, and refine results by impact factor, publishing model and open access.
  • Wiley Journal Finder Search Wiley journals by keyword, abstract; search or browse journal titles, subject area.

Specialist tools:

  • JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator) Search medical and health related journals. Enter keywords, a title and/or abstract, to find similar articles and journals indexed in Medline in the last 10 years.
  • JournalGuide from Research Square focuses on biomedical journals. Search by paper title, abstract, journal titles, subject category. Uses Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP).


How to find a suitable open access journal

Want to publish openly and looking for a suitable journal? Here are some steps you can take...