Follow these steps to find journals that would be a good fit for your manuscript:
Step 1. Browse the articles you are citing in your manuscript. If you are citing the same journal more than once, it may be worth investigating.
Step 2. Analyze your article topic with the JANE tool. Paste key words, your title, or your abstract in the text box, and you will get a list of relevant journals.
Step 3. Once you have a short list of possible journals, look them up on PubsHub to see which best fits your goals. You can see factors such as the journal’s impact factor, rejection rate, time to acceptance, and types of articles accepted. PubsHub also links to the journal’s author guidelines, where you can find more details, such as length limits.
Open access (OA) journals require authors to pay an upfront fee to make the article publicly aviaalbe. When you choose an open access journal, you make your work freely and immediately available to readers.
How will I pay for the OA fee?
Authors cover this fee through grant funding or departmental funds. The purpose of the fee is to cover the charges incurred when editing and formatting your paper.
Is paying an OA fee to a journal bad?
No. However, there are a handful of questionable or predatory journals that will ask authors for a fee, but not provide editing or peer review services. Even though they will usually follow through with “publishing” your paper on their website, these papers will rarely end up in major databases like PubMed. This can damage the author’s reputation and affect their promotion and tenure process.
Impact factors are used to measure the importance of a journal by calculating the number of times selected articles are cited within the last few years. The higher the impact factor, the more highly ranked the journal. It is one tool you can use to compare journals in a subject category. MD Anderson staff can search Journal Citation Reports to find the latest impact factors.
Does an impact factor indicate quality?
Impact factors are useful, but they should not be the only consideration when judging quality. Not all journals are tracked in the JCR database and, as a result, do not have impact factors. New journals must wait until they have a record of citations before even being considered for inclusion. The scientific worth of an individual article has nothing to do with the impact factor of a journal.