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Publishing Articles: Identifying A Journal

Identifying Journals for Publishing an Article

Identifying a Journal

Focus your search

Finding a journal that publishes articles that address the issues you write about is an important component of getting your work published. Answering the following questions will help narrow your search to the most appropriate journals:

  • Who are the most important authors that address the issues you write about?
  • Where do they publish their work?
  • What journals are published in your field?
  • Who publishes the journals?

The scope of articles considered for publication is often listed on the publisher’s website.

A measure of the influence of a journal can be found by using the eigenfactor ranking available at

Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory™

Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory allows you to search for all journals that publish articles on particular issues, such as addiction or domestic violence.

Use the Advanced Search when you want to apply limits, such as Refereed.

For Boolean Searches, use the drop down menu to select an appropriate index. For example, select Keyword for doing a keyword search. Enter your search terms, using the * to truncate where appropriate when doing keyword searches.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Metrics for Publications

"Google Scholar Metrics: an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications."

Google Metrics help page

Explanation of the h5-index, h5-core, and h5-median of a publication.

Genamics JournalSeek

"Genamics JournalSeek is the largest completely categorized database of freely available journal information available on the internet. The database presently contains 98554 titles. Journal information includes the description (aims and scope), journal abbreviation, journal homepage link, subject category and ISSN. Searching this information allows the rapid identification of potential journals to publish your research in, as well as allow you to find new journals of interest to your field."

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