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From why you should publish to picking a journal and all the steps in between, this guide will help you publish a manuscript.

Looking to publish?

Deciding which journal to submit your manuscript to for publication is multifaceted. 

Included in this section are links to resources that will help you with your decision, but don't be afraid to ask for advice! Talk to your colleagues, advisors/mentors, librarian, etc.

Who do you want to reach?

Where you publish will affect who can read your work
  • Clinicians or Faculty

    • Typically get access to journals via the institutions with which they work or with which they are members.

      • Check Ulrichsweb to see whether the most-used databases (like CINAHL, PubMed, or other EBSCO databases) host the journal you are considering submitting to.

      • You can also use the Journals in NCBI Databases site when choosing a journal based on whether its searchable in databases.

    • However, not all clinicians work at institutions that pay for journal subscriptions. If you publish in a journal that places their articles behind a paywall, you may not be able to reach absolutely all professionals.

  • Practitioners at non-profits or non-governmental organizations

    • Very few practitioners employed for smaller organizations will have access to institutional or personal journal subscriptions, and journal paywalls will be a real barrier keeping them from accessing your work.

What if you don't know who your audience is?

Think about:

  • Who is writing the papers you are citing in your own work, and where are they published?

  • Who will benefit the most from your work?

    • For example: Are you actually trying to reach parents of elementary-aged kids? Then try contacting school boards, or publish in their newsletter, rather than an academic journal.