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Where to Publish Your Scholarship

Publishing Outlets


These resources provide information about what journals exist in a particular subject area, bibliographic and editorial information about the resources and link to directions for authors for journals.

Cabells Directories  
Reference source for finding suitable publication outlets for graduate students and faculty in business, economics and education disciplines. Each entry includes the following information: editor contact information, manuscript guidelines, acceptance rate, review type process & time, number of reviewers, type of readership.

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory 
Search for journals by title or browse by subject.  Every journal is assigned to one or more subject areas and each entry includes data on journal audience and peer review/refereed status.  Entries also provide institutional prices (what libraries pay), publication frequency, publisher info, as well as a list of how and where researchers can find the journal's articles (indexing/abstracting and article access).  Ulrich's covers titles in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.

The Directory of Open Access Journals  
This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. They cover all subjects and languages and there are now over 5,550 journals in the directory. Currently, more than 2300 journals are searchable at article level and there are over 457,412 articles accessible via the database.



Literature Searching to Identify Journals in Your Area

Disciplinary databases take on the task of surveying the journal publishing of their particular discipline. One strategy for identifying journals which may find your work of interest is to search for articles on your topic in a database and review which journals come up most frequently in the results list.  This Library Guide has step by step instructions for how to do a search like this. Some databases will allow you to sort the results of a search by the name of the journal in which articles were published.



Journal Evaluation Tools

These resources utilize various statistical measures to quantitify the impact (a proxy for significance) of the journals they include. A couple of caveats: there is no tool that analyzes all scholarly journals; and in these various tools some disciplines are more thoroughly covered than others.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 
Searchable by title, subject or publisher, the JCR allows you to identify the most frequently cited journals in a field, as well as  a journal's Impact Factor, Eigenfactor, Article Influence score, citation counts and other data. Only the journals with the highest impact factors (using JCR's metrics) are included in these rankings.

Eigenfactor Search Tool  
Use this tool to learn the Article Influence (AI), a measure of a journal's prestige based on per article citations and comparable to Impact Factor and the Eigenfactor (EF), a measure of the overall value provided by all of the articles published in a given journal in a year

SCImago Journal & Country Rank  
Use this resource to evaluate journals indexed in the science and social science database Scopus (a very large scale bibliographic database derived from the articles published in Elsevier journals and the articles cited by those articles). Rankings include SCImage Journal Rank (SJR), H Index, as well as comparisons among journals within a subject area.

Journal Cost Effectiveness 2011 Search Tool 
Use this search engine to find internationally-published journals and rank them by price per article or citation.



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PSU Library workshop for faculty on placing your publications, open access publishing and retaining your rights as an author.

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