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- What type of manuscript do you have -- original research, review, case study, short report, etc.?
- Where have articles that are similar to what you are writing been published?
- Where are the articles you cited in your research published?
- Who is your audience? Who are you writing for? Where does that audience go to read about research in their field?
- Are there professional societies or organizations in your field? If so, do they have conferences or journals?
Resources for Finding Journals
Start by searching databases in your discipline for articles on a similar subject, and note what journals they are published in.
Journal Citation Reports This link opens in a new window
Look up the Journal Impact Factor, total citations, and other metrics for journals in virtually all areas of science, technology, and the social sciences.
Cabells Directory of Publishing Opportunities
Contact information, manuscript guidelines, acceptance rates, review process, and audience for journals in accounting, economics and finance, management, marketing, education, and psychology.
Serials Directory This link opens in a new window
Provides up-to-date and accurate information, including price, for popular serials. Has data from more than 108,000 publishers worldwide, with nearly 250,000 US and International titles.
WorldCat This link opens in a new window
Provides access to book, journals, and archival collections from university, research, and large public libraries around the world. Will give information on the libraries that own specific titles.
MLA Directory of Periodicals This link opens in a new window
Useful for the humanities. Contains contact information, frequency of publication, scope, circulation figures, subscription prices and addresses, submission guidelines, annual statistics of submitted and published articles, and book reviews of each periodical.
Getting Ready to Publish
Why is it important to know about the many avenues for publication?
- Discover the broader landscape of journals that exist, beyond the ones that your professor or colleagues have told you about.
- Find more journal options to submit your research results to.
- Don't fall victim to predatory publishers; learn how to evaluate journals.