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Looking to publish?
The decision on which journal to submit your manuscript to for publication is multi-faceted. Some criteria you might want to consider include:
- What journals do you and your colleagues review on a regular basis?
- Which professional organizations do you belong to? Do they publish journals?
- What's the scope and aim of the journal?
- Is the journal searchable in the major databases, such as PubMed or CINAHL?
- What's the prestige of the journal in your field and in health literature in general?
- Quantifiable measurements are called Impact Factors (IF).
Below you'll find links to resources that might help you with your decision. But also, don't be afraid to ask for advice! Talk to your colleagues, advisors/mentors, librarian, etc.
Jane - Journal/Author Name Estimator
Jane is a search engine that you can use to come up with journals that might be interested in publishing your research. It works by matching words from your abstract or author-supplied keywords to the millions of records in PubMed/MEDLINE.
Journal Citation Reports
The Journal Citation Reports weighs and ranks journals by a number of criteria, including total cites and the Impact Factor. You can search for a specific journal in JCR or browse by subject categories. Our subscription covers 2010 to the present (delayed 1 year). Contact the library if you'd like help using this resource.
Scopus uses its own citation metrics to evaluate journals, including SJR (which journal is weighted by prestige) and SNIP (which compares a journal's cites against the total number of citations in a field). There's no browse function, but you can look up and compare specific journals. The data covers 1996 until the present. Contact the library if you'd like help using this resource.
Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences
This website links to websites that provide instructions to authors regarding submitting manuscripts to 6000+ journals in the health sciences. Search by exact journal title or keywords within the journal title.
Guide to Scientific Writing - American Association for Clinical Chemistry
This free resource is made up of a series of educational articles on how to "design and write scientific research papers for publication." The articles are helpful to a wide variety of disciplines, not just chemistry. Just remember that ultimately you need to follow the requirements of the journal you're submitting to and/or your citation style (APA).
University of Colorado Denver librarian, Jeffrey Beall, blogs about the risks of scholarly open-access publishing. He writes about issues such as "hijacked" journals (where someone pretends to represent a well-known journal in order to collect article submissions and fees), "predatory" journals (publications with questionable practices or poor journal standards), and plagarism. He also keeps lists of the journals and publishers that meet his criteria for being labeled "potential, possible, or probably predatory." You can find his complete lists on his blog, as well as his evaluation criteria: http://scholarlyoa.com/.
Below you'll find links to the latest entries in Beal's blog.
Do you have any grants from the National Institutes of Health? If you do, you need to be aware of the NIH's mandatory Public Access Policy, which stipulates that all investigators funded by NIH grants must submit electronic copies of their final peer-reviewed manuscripts when accepted for publication. The manuscripts must be publicly available no later than 12 months after official publication.
Please refer to these resources for more information: