After preparing a manuscript, you must choose a journal for the publication of your research. It is essential to choose a peer-reviewed journal that will present your research in the best way and pass it on to the appropriate target audience. And of course, the list of journals in which you have published can, directly and indirectly, affect your career advancement, professional reputation and funding opportunities. Mentioned below are the steps in which you should go about choosing a journal.
- Establishing a Link between the Topic of Your Article and Scope of the Journal
The most common but non-avoidable reason for rejecting a journal is the mismatch between the manuscript and the objectives and scope of the journal. First and foremost, determine whether the subject of your article matches that of the target journal. Take into consideration if your journal is theoretical or applied.
- Settle on Your Target Audience
If, for example, your article may have an impact on public policy, choose a wide-ranging journal that is intended for a broad, non-technical audience. If your article is highly specialized or technical, you will do better to publish in a newspaper with a small but very specific target audience. Reaching the right readership can sometimes be more important than reaching a wide readership.
- Consider Print Journals
Once your article is published, it should be easy to find by other esteemed scholars and researchers. The visibility of a journal plays a huge role in this regard. Publishing in print journals can seriously limit the number of people who meet or read your work.
- Career Prospects
Some authors attach particular importance to the prestige of journals. Here are some factors to consider. Members of the editorial board. Prominent journals generally to have researchers who are already considered esteemed members of their respective editorial boards. Visit the journal’s website to check the names on the editorial board.
- Publication Time Periods
A monthly newspaper is much more likely to revise your article quickly compared to a newspaper that only publishes once a year. Some journals list the date of submission and the date of acceptance. The comparison of these dates will give a rough idea of the turnaround time.
- Consider Costs Carefully
The journal’s website should inform you of the fees that may be charged to you, and you should consider whether your institution or your funder will be able to cover the costs if there is one. For example, fees may be charged for color images or for publishing your paper for free access.
- Choosing between Open access and Subscription Publications
The cost of publishing a document can be paid in different ways. Traditionally, libraries and other institutions pay a subscription to receive individual journals or collections of titles for their researchers. This is called the subscription model, and as an author, you generally do not have to pay a fee to publish an article in a subscription journal. However, you can charge page fees to certain newspapers or color numbers.
The open access publishing model allows published articles to be freely accessible to all. This means that authors, research institutes, international conference or funding agencies can finance publication costs. In return, the authors ensure that everyone can access their work.
- Choosing the Right Publication
Carefully selecting the journal in which to submit your manuscript greatly reduces the risk of rejection of your work. Once you have made a preliminary decision about the journal (whether it be Scopus indexed Conferences, IEEE, Springer, or otherwise) read the ‘Instructions to Authors’ to discover the limits imposed by the journal in the form of article format, number of words, citation styles, photographic specifications , publication costs, etc. a final decision.
Posting in a high-impact newspaper is probably of paramount importance to you. Remember to keep ease, quality, reach and impact at the forefront of your mind when searching for a journal in which to publish.