A strategic approach to selecting a journal in which to publish will increase the likelihood that your article is accepted. You will want to publish in quality, high impact scholarly journals. Therefore it's important to know what to look for in a journal when the time comes to submit your manuscript. Assess whether the journal is a suitable place for your paper by considering:
- Peer review: is the journal peer reviewed? Check Ulrichsweb.
- Prestige: is it well regarded in your field of research?
- Relevance: does your research fit in with the scope and aims of the journal?
- Readership: is it available in print and online and is it indexed in major databases?
- Is it on the ERA list?
- Is it indexed widely?
- What is the Impact Factor of the journal?
ERA 2015 Journal List
The ERA 2018 journal list has not yet been released. The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative developed by the Australian Research Council was used in 2010 and 2012 to assess research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising of experienced, internationally-recognised experts.
Go to the ERA tab above for more information.
Journal information databases
Ulrichsweb is a directory that provides detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative information on journals. Useful to find out in which database a journal is indexed to determine its coverage. Also the place to go to quickly determine if a journal is refereed.
Tools to measure journal impact
Tools to help you choose journals
Health & Life Sciences authors
Provides links to the author instruction pages and editorial board contacts to 6000 health journal web sites.
Resource compiled by the Raymon H. Mulford Library of the Medical University of Ohio at Toledo.