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Scholarly Publishing: Choosing a Journal

Editorial Policies

Guide to publishing with Elsevier

Publishes 2,451 science and health journals. 

Publishing with Sage Journals

SAGE publishes more than 560 journals, including those of more than 245 learned societies and institutions.

Publish with Taylor and Francis Journals

With over 1,100 titles, Taylor & Francis is a world-leading publisher of academic journals.


Selecting a Journal

Factors to consider...

What is the quality of the journal?  Quality is usually measured via the Journal Impact Factor.

Impact Factors: Use and Abuse  (Michael Mabe & Mayur Amin, 2000, Elsevier White paper) 

If you are just starting to publish, you may want to submit to lower tier journals first to build your reputation.

Review the publisher's editorial policies for the following: 

       a. time it takes from submission to publication of an article. 

       b. policies on self-archiving and Open Access.

Serials Directory (in GALILEO)

Screenshot showing The Serials Directory listing in GALILEO


Log in to GALILEO, then type "Serials Directory" in the database search box.

Once the database loads, you may search by keyword (i.e. Business, Biology, Literature, Nursing) and then limit to peer-reviewed and active titles.  The results will provide you with contact info for each journal.  You can then link to the journal and check submission guidelines.  

Journal Rankings

ISIHighlyCited reveals the face of research--the people behind the accomplishments in 21 broad subject categories in life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences. These individuals are the most highly cited within each category, and comprise less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers--truly an extraordinary accomplishment. The website is updated on a regular basis. The most recent analysis covered papers from 1981-2008.

The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database. These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains.

Science Watch- tracks trends in research and journals ranked by impact