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Journals that have already published in your specific field of research are more likely to accept further work on the topic, to continue the ongoing conversation between authors.
If you are new to publishing, and want to identify some good journals in which to publish, ask your research colleagues or your supervisor for some recommendations.
You can use the article databases Scopus or Web of Science to identify the journals publishing on your topic. Note that this method identifies only journals indexed in these databases.
If you are considering publishing in a specific journal, carry out these two checks, unless your journal is very well-known:
Do these checks if the journal does not appear on any of the ranking lists, and particularly if it is not indexed in relevant article databases:
Failing some of these checks may only indicate a poor quality journal or a very new one, rather than a fraudulent one.
Unlike journal publishers, there are no ranking lists or evaluative analyses for book publishers. When deciding which book publisher to choose:
Many low-quality and fraudulent (also known as ‘predatory’) journals thrive in the current publishing environment, where online journals can be created quickly and easily.
Publishing in predatory or fraudulent journals can damage your research reputation.
Look for these warning signs:
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Last updated on Friday 01 March 2019
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