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You’ve written an article, and now you need to find a home for it. Understanding the publishing landscape of an academic field can be challenging for scholars who do not have established professional networks, for those who are seeking to publish in different venues than their mentors and advisors have used in the past, and for those whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries. The following questions can help you to identify appropriate journals in your field:
The resources below offer a good starting point for finding journals in your field and, ultimately, the right journal for your article.
After you have identified some appropriate journals in your field, you'll want to narrow down your options to select the best place to submit your article. For each possible journal, consider the following:
Once you have decided to submit your work to a particular journal, make sure your submission meets its basic requirements. Nearly all journals include instructions for authors. Read them carefully and follow specific instructions such as word limits, preferred citation styles, document formatting, file types, etc. If you're not certain where you'd like to submit but you have a target publication in mind, start working from their requirements in order to prevent headaches later on.
While the internet has allowed more transparent access to research, it has also spawned a cottage industry of fake journals who exist for the purpose of generating revenue rather than furthering scholarship. Keep these tips in mind to avoid being fooled by a "predatory publisher."
This material was adapted from Meredith Kahn, "Sharing your scholarship while avoiding the predators: Guidelines for medical physicists interested in open access publishing," Medical Physics 41, no. 7 (July 2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1118/1.4883836. Licensed under CC BY 3.0.