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Selecting a Publication

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

Finding a place to publish

Evaluating Journals for Publication

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 Author's Rights 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)



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