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Choose a journal

Choosing a journal to publish in is essential to the publishing process.

You will probably want as many as possible to read your research results and cite your work. It might be important to choose a journal which allows you to make your research publications freely available online, either on your homepage or through an institutional repository such as DiVA.

Many editors mean that an article is refused because the manuscript is not in line with the journal’s scope and not because the content in the article is not up to scratch. Therefore it is imperative that you early in the process think of

  1. which journals are of interest in your field of research;
  2. how do I reach my audience best and
  3. is the journal respected.

Your article is a contribution to the existing and on-going scientific dialog in the journals and for that reason it is crucial to choose a journal which has the greatest impact. Also to choose a journal that is not most suited to your subject is a question of time. It is customary that you do not send your article to several journals at the same time and since the peer review process can be time-consuming it can mean a lot of time waiting for comments and answer whether your article is accepted or not. If your article is not accepted because the scope of the journal is wrong you have to resubmit to another journal and that might take additional months before your article is published and your research results will be available for your audience.

Probably the quickest way to choose a journal is to take a look at which journals your peers publish in, or where the articles you cite are published in, which publishers publish journals that are of interest for you and if you are a doctoral student your supervisor can point you to right direction.

Respected journals

You can use e.g. Journal Citation report, JCR, to find journals with high impact. Note that most of the journals in JCR are international and within Medicine and Science & Technology than Humanities or Social Sciences. Visit the journals homepage to find more information about the journal and the impact factor. It the journal is ranked high it most probably wants you to know and present the latest impact factor on its page. Another source to find journals with impact is Scopus. You should note that JRC and Scopus calculate and present impact in different ways and they are not directly comparable.

Another source to use when choosing a journal to publish in is DBH (Database for statistikk om høgre utdanning) in Norway. In this list journals are divided into three levels - level 1 for normal journals, level 2 for the prestige journals and the rest as level 0. These levels generate points when research is being evaluated.

Contact the University Library to get more help and advice on choosing a journal.