Scholarly Communication Topic: How do I know where to publish my research?


When the time comes to publish your amazing research, some things are out of your hands (such as a journal's acceptance rate and editorial policies). However, you control where you submit, and making decisions about where to submit your research can be daunting.

You might want to use JANE  to see if your abstract is a match for any journals. You may wish to check a journal's impact factor or Category Ranking through Journal Citation Reports , or to see where your USC colleagues publish using Scopus, or to find out which databases index a specific journal in Ulrichsweb.

You may decide that you'd like your publication to be open access, so you'll check out journal licenses at SHERPA/RoMEO and the Directory of Open Access Journals. You'll want to find out if a publisher you're interested in is predatory so you'll look at several resources including Beall's List

Regardless of which resource you want to check, you should take a look at the Norris Medical Library's Choosing A Journal guide  for the above resources and many more! And happy International Open Access Week October 24-30!