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Scholarly Publishing

This is a guide to help our faculty, staff, and students identify publishing opportunities in their field

Identifying and Selecting Journals

When you are ready to publish your research, it is important to find the appropriate place to do so.  Identifying a fitting publication for research can be a time-consuming task, especially if your research is cross disciplinary or if you are looking to publish in different venues than you have previously published. When selecting a publication for your research, there are several factors to consider:

  • Who is the target audience for your research?  Where does that audience go to read new publications in their field?
  • What is the scope of the journal?  Does your research fit within the subject matter?  Is your research similar to others that have been previously published within that journal?
  • Where was the material you cited in your research published?
  • Is openness important to you? Are you wanting to maximize the reach of your research by publishing in an open access journal?

Taking these factors into account can help you to make the most informed decision possible.  Once you have considered these issues, you can look more closely at specific details regarding individual publications, such as impact factor, indexing, and author rights. If you have questions along the way, check with your liaison librarian to help you through the process. 

Tools for Finding Places to Publish

Unfortunately, there is not one simple tool that can ensure you pick the best place to publish your research.  Rather, as discussed above, there are several considerations an author must contemplate in order to find the most appropriate publishing venue.  The resources below offer a good starting point for finding journals in your field, and ultimately the right journal for your research.