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Where to publish: Finding the right journal

Publishing at Charles Sturt University

When publishing at Charles Sturt it is recommended that you first check that the journal is in:

The CSU Research Productivity Index (CSU login required) allocate points depending on type of publication. 

Journal quality

Peer reviewed / refereed journals.

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

  • Use SCImago Journal and Country Rank to compare journals in most disciplines. SCImago illustrates Journal quality or ranks, often determined through use of metrics.
  • The journal's inclusion in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) List of Eligible Journals
  • Peer Review or Refereed journals, and the prestige of the editorial team or contributors.
  • The relevance of the journal to the discipline. Will the article reach the desired audience?

For more information on how to evaluate and compare journals and their metrics see Journal Ranking on our Research Metrics, Impact and Engagement Guide

Journal relevance

Is the journal relevant to your research audience?


Timelines and Acceptance Rate

Check the publishers website for:

  • Journal acceptance rates
  • Time taken for peer review
  • Time taken to publish accepted articles

Journal discoverability


Is the journal:

  • Indexed in Scopus, Web of Science, CABI, ABI/Inform or another reputable database?  Non indexed journals are less visible to the international research community.
  • Included in the Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory? The Ulrichs directory will indicate the online availability of Journals in a range of scholarly databases.
  • Available in full text online and can the full text content be accessed by the intended audience?

Open Access (OA)

Consider publishing in an Open Access journal in order to:

  • Remove barriers to accessing your research
  • Enable worldwide collaboration with other researchers
  • Increase the impact of your research
  • Showcase CSU's research outputs
  • Meet funding body requirements

The ARC and NHMRC have adopted policies requiring research outputs to be freely accessible / open access. 

You can make your work open access by one of two ways:

  • publishing in a journal that is free to readers, but may be subject to article processing charges (APC)
  • depositing an open access copy of their published work in a repository such as CSU Research Output (CRO) repository - Green OA

The Open Access Publishing Scheme for 2021 is open to CSU researchers in all faculties on a first come, first served basis, whilst funds are available: 

A maximum of $2,500AUD is available as a contribution to open access publishing fees. For this scheme the article must be published in a 100% open access journal. Please read the guidelines before applying.

The guidelines and application form are available to download below:

Open Access Publishing Scheme Guidelines

Open Access Publishing Scheme Application

Useful tools for finding the right journal

Directories of Journal Quality

These tools aren’t perfect. For example, Ulrichsweb includes some journals that publish peer reviewed + non-peer reviewed content; the DOAJ might not include all quality open access journals, and recently de-listed 900+ journals that did not meet its published Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing