Finding a journal

Journal relevance


  • The relevance of the scope and audience of the journal
  • Is your article adding to a conversation occurring in the journal? Are you citing articles from that journal?
  • Using a Library database to identify journals that frequently publish articles on your topic, or in your discipline
  • The CSU Research Outputs Collection (ROC) criteria for journals
  • Using WoS or Scopus to find journals with highly cited articles on your topic
  • The peer review status of the journal.


Is the journal:

  • Indexed in Scopus, Web of Science, CABI, ABI/Inform or another reputable database?
  • Available in full text online and can the full text content be accessed by the intended audience?
  • Open Access? - see the Open Access guide

Think. Check. Submit

Peer Reviewed Journals

Peer reviewed / refereed journals.

Some research disciplines can be disadvantaged by reliance on metrics alone. When considering appropriate journals in which to publish your research include:

  • Peer Review or Refereed journals, and the prestige of the editorial team, contributors
  • The relevance of the journal to the discipline. Will the article reach the desired audience?
  • Journal quality or impact, often determined through use of metrics.

Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory can be used to find peer reviewed journals in your discipline. It is particularly useful if your research is cross disciplinary and you are not familiar with potential journals in related areas.