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 journals 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?
Is the journal relevant to your research audience?
- 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?
- Is the journal peer reviewed? Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory lists peer reviewed journals in your discipline. It is useful if your research is cross disciplinary and you are not familiar with potential journals in related areas.
- Is it in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) List of Eligible Journals?This list includes FoR codes for discipline. The former ERA ranked journal list is no longer deemed relevant or a reflection of current journal metrics.
- Ranked Journal Lists by Discipline.
- Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List. The list is divided into four categories of quality denoted as A*, A, B, C. It is a journal quality list ranking journals in 15 sub-disciplines in business, economics and law.
- Association of Business Schools Academic Journal Quality Guide.
- Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Updated preferred journal rankings for the 1606 and 1605 FOR codes by APSA.
- ERIHPLUS European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Core Rankings Portal Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia publications in Computer Science and Information Technology.
- Using Scopus or Web of Science to find journals with highly cited articles on your topic.
- The CSU Research Outputs Collection (ROC) criteria for journals.
Check the publishers website for:
- Journal acceptance rates
- Time taken for peer review
- Time taken to publish accepted articles
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:
- Meet funding body requirements
- Remove barriers to accessing your research
- Enable worldwide collaboration with other researchers
- Increase the impact of your research
- Showcase CSU's research outputs
Many Open Access journals impose article processing charges (APC).
Some funding bodies, such as the ARC and NHMRC have adopted policies requiring research outputs to be freely accessible / open access. These policies require that publications are either published in an OA journal, or ‘deposited into an open access institutional repository or made available in another open access format within a twelve month period from the date of publication’.
Publishing at Charles Sturt University
When publishing at Charles Sturt it is recommended that you first check that the journal is in:
Useful tools for finding the right journal
Directories of Journal Quality
- The Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) List of Eligible Journals
- Use the Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory to find out more about peer reviewed journals in your discipline - it includes links to publishers websites, refereed status and list of indexing services.
- The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Journals in this directory must meet criteria prior to being listed.
- The SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SJR) is publicly available and includes journal Quartile ranks developed from the Scopus database.
- Web of Science Master Journal List
- Elsevier Journal Finder
- Jane Journal/Author Name Estimator
- CWTS Journal Indicators
- Google Scholar Top Publications
- SHERPA/RoMEO is a searchable database of publisher policies on the self - archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories.
- Use Think, Check, Submit. This website can help you to make an informed decision on where to publish.
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