Reputation is built on the back of publication activity and/or teaching performance. It is, therefore, an objective of most Faculty members to raise their profile by publishing research work. Trying to identify which journal to target can feel like a hit-or-miss affair, and targeting the top tier journals can seem onerous. However, there is some science that can be applied before you even put pen to paper.
Figure 1: Scimago journal ranking data
Five tips for selecting the right Journal
- Use the journal ranking information to find the top 10 journals in your subject area. The following indicators can be used to compile a list of candidates. This data is available from Scimago (see Figure 1).
- SJR (an overall measure of a journal’s impact, influence or prestige).
- H-index (number of articles receiving citations).
- ‘Cites per doc’ indicates the journal’s impact (i.e., are people taking notice of their articles).
- Match your proposed keywords with the list of potential journals. There is no data available on the keyword trends for a specific journal. So, you will need to do a little homework by looking at the kinds of articles that were published over the last year Revise your top 10 list to have at least 5 with your proposed keywords.
- Number of Authors. There is no data available on the number of authors for articles in a specific journal. So, you will need to do a little homework by looking at the articles that were published over the last year. If the Journal has trended towards 2 or 3+ Authors, then you will need to ensure that your article has an appropriate number of co-authors. Hint: having at least one international author does increase your likelihood of being accepted.
- Identify a target for the number of references to include in your article by looking at the Journal’s history. Scimago lists the number of ‘Refs per doc’ for each Journal for 2015.
- Have a prioritized list of 5 journals. As you write your article, you may find that it is more suited to a different journal than when you started out. Also, it is wise to ensure you have some alternatives in mind and are meeting their criteria.
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