is an essential step in the information life cycle. By publishing, scholars
allow readers to view, comment, and build upon their work, all of which are
necessary steps to further knowledge. Publishing also increases the scholar's
standing in his or her respective field which is important for funding
and employment. Many accreditation bodies require that faculty remain
active in their field; publishing is the most common way to show active
to publish my work; what should I do?
When you are ready
to publish your research it is important to find the right place to do so.
Finding the perfect publication for your research can be a time consuming task,
but it is vital in order to get your research out to the scholars and readers
who will most benefit from it. There are several different factors
to consider when selecting a publication for your research:
- What is
the scope of the journal? Does your research fit in with the subject matter?
Does the tone and length of your article match previously published
- Are you
submitting an article in response to a call for articles? If so, does your
subject matter match the requirements in the call?
- If you
are concerned about having your article cited by other scholars, do you
know what the impact factor of the journal is?
- Do you
want to publish your article in an open access journal or repository?
some of the above questions refer to resources like:
- Cabell's Directory of Publishing
Opportunities - "The Directory assists you in selecting those
journals that are most likely to publish your manuscript. The index in each
Directory helps you match the characteristics of your manuscript to the topic
areas the journal emphasizes, the type of review process, acceptance rate and
number of internal and external reviewers."
Reuters Journal Citation Reports Database - "offers a systematic,
objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with
quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling
articles' cited references, JCR Web helps to measure research influence
and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship
between citing and cited journals."
Publishing Opportunities Database - "provides the most extensive
listing of opportunities for professors, post-doctorates and other students
interested in presenting and publishing their research papers." Includes journal
call for papers index, conference call for papers index, and special issue call
for papers index.
Library does not currently subscribe to these resources, so please check with
your local public or academic library to access them.
How do I
find the scope of a journal?
It is very
important to learn about journals that you are interested in potentially
publishing with. By researching journals early on, and finding those whose
scope and subject matter match your topic well, you will have a much better
chance of your article being accepted later. A simple Google search on the title
of the journal will usually bring up the journal home page. From there you can
read about the journal and submission guidelines. For example, the Journal of
Marketing describes their scope as thus:
"Articles in Journal of Marketing concentrate on
marketing needs and trends that demonstrate new techniques for solutions to
marketing problems, review those trends and developments by reporting research,
contribute generalizable and validated findings, and present new ideas,
theories, and illustrations of marketing thought and
This should give you, the author, a very clear idea of the types of
articles this journal is looking for and the types of articles that are
likely to be accepted for publication.
What is an
factor of a journal is one indication as to the significance and influence
of the journal in its field. An impact factor ratio is arrived at by
dividing the number of articles that were cited in subsequent publications by
the total number of articles that were published in the journal. See this Science Gateway page for more
information about impact. You can use Google to find impact factors for various
subject areas. For instance, the Google search "impact factor business journals"
will show results to several different websites with impact factor rankings.
from Sci-Bytes Newsletter http://sciencewatch.com/dr/sci/08/oct12-08_1/
image above you can see that a higher impact factor number means that more
articles were cited from that particular journal than another. Science Watch, a Thomson Reuters
publication, also contains impact factor information in the Sci-Bytes section. Use the Search
feature at the top of the page to locate impact factors for your subject area.
Also note the Emerging Research
Fronts, Fast Moving Fronts,
and Top Topics sections. Looking
through this type of information can help you determine if your research is
How do I
submit my article?
journal will have its own guidelines and requirements for article submissions.
Do a Google search to locate the journal home page that interests you. Look
for a section called Submission Guidelines, For Authors, or Requirements
and make sure that you follow their rules when submitting your article. This may
require some re-formatting of your content, and possibly changing your citation
style. Your article will then most likely go through a peer review process; this
process may slightly differ depending upon the publication, but click here for
an outline of one journal's peer review process to better understand this type
If you are
considering publishing your article in an open access journal, then make sure to
check the journal website and see what kind of copyright and access restrictions
the publisher puts on any published materials. Open access means that your
article, and any others in the journal, are immediately available for free for
anyone to read, download, or distribute. This will make your research available
much faster to a much larger audience. Open access journals are still struggling
to gain the same type of respect and relevance that subscription based
journals have, but this is a burgeoning field with more and more publishers,
universities, and scholars choosing to publish their research in this way. The
Public Library of Science has a great open access FAQ.
article wasn't accepted; now what?
particular attention to acceptance rates and journal impact factors. The
higher the journal impact factor, the lower the acceptance rate is likely to be.
Review and be selective of the journals you wish to submit your work to. Paying
attention to the scope of the journal and looking at previously published
articles will also give you a sense of whether or not your article is
appropriate for that publication. By submitting your work to a journal with a
strong focus on the same subject matter as your research, rather than choosing
to submit to a journal based solely on impact factor, will give you a
much better chance of your article being accepted.
Cabell's Directory of Publishing
Publishing Opportunities Database
find the right journal - Emerald
How to publish your
journal paper - APA Online Monitor on Psychology, 2002
JournalSeek - "largest completely
categorized database of freely available journal information on the
the importance of publishing research results - LibreSoft
Society for Scholarly Publishing
Reuters Journal Citation Reports Database