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Selecting a Publication

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

Need more help and advice on scholarly communication topics? We have more guides on your rights as an author, copyright, and more that can help get you started.

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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