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Open access publishing

Open Access publishing & education resources (OER)

Journal relevance

Is the journal relevant to your research audience?

Consider:

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?

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

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?