Strategic publishing

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

Selecting a publication source

When selecting possible publication sources such as books and journals, consider and review:

  • The potential or target audiences for your publication - who will read and cite your work
  • Where the audience is located (national, international)
  • Your timeframe for publishing
  • Journals that you read or cite for your research, and their relevance to your proposed publication
  • Frequency of journal issues per year or volume
  • Author guidelines on journal websites
  • If journal is indexed by Scopus or Web of Science (greatly increases discoverability)
  • If publisher provides a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  • Quality or impact of the journal (see Comparing journals)
  • Open access publishing options (see Open access)
  • Online tools for selecting journals (see Journal selection tools)
  • Unethical and deceptive publishing practices (see Unethical publishing practices)

For more detail see the Royal Society Te Apārangi guidelines for Selecting a quality publisher