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AGSPS Professional Development Guide: Publishing

Some criteria for selecting a journal.

The following questions can be asked when deciding in which journals to publish:

  • Does your article fit within the scope of the journal? Look in your references to see if a journal is cited. Browse articles in previous issues of a journal?
  • Are articles genuinely and independently peer-reviewed?
  • Are the guidelines for authors and publisher's conditions acceptable to you?
  • What is the composition of the editorial board?
  • Is the journal highly visible online? e.g. is it listed in library catalogues such as CSU's Primo search?
  • Is the journal indexed in the key subject databases for your discipline or citation databases?
  • Are articles from the journal harvested by Google Scholar? Can you find the journal title in Google Scholar?
  • How does the journal compare to other journals in the same field, using bibliometric analysis?
  • Can a version of your research be Open Access? Does the journal allow a version of the article to be placed in the researcher's Institutional Repository, such as CRO (CSU Research Repository)?
  • Is the journal listed in Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory?

CSU library has a resource guide on Where to publish that may also be helpful and Open Access Publishing.

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