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Selecting a Publication

This guide provides resources for selecting a publication for scholarly publishing.

Finding a place to publish

To start your evaluation, look at issues of the potential journals, other books/papers in the series, or other content published by the publisher. Scan tables of contents and check their Information for Authors or Submission pages as you ask yourself...

  • What is the publication’s scope and target audience?
  • Is the publication peer reviewed or refereed? If so, is it blind peer-review?
  • Who else is publishing in this journal/book series/etc. (what universities, what researchers, what disciplines)?
  • Where can I find the journal (i.e. where it is indexed)?
  • Who is the publisher? A commercial publisher, a scholarly society, etc.?
  • What is the journal or books' rank or impact in the field?
  • What rights will I retain as the author if I publish here? (find more info on the Copyright guide)
  • Who will be able to find and read my article? Will it have a wide reach? (find more info on the Open Access guide)

Search databases for articles and journals in your subject area

Search WorldCat for books to see what is being published in your subject area

Predatory Publishing

Predatory publishing is a term for low-quality or scam publications. Berger and Cirasella describe these publications as, "primarily fee-collecting operations—they exist for that purpose and only incidentally publish articles, generally without rigorous peer review, despite claims to the contrary. Of course, low-quality publishing is not new. There have long been opportunistic publishers (e.g., vanity presses and sellers of public domain content) and deceptive publishing practices (e.g., yellow journalism and advertisements formatted to look like articles)."



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