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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.
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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’.
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