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 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?

Journal relevance

Is the journal relevant to your research audience?



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:

  • 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

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