Researchers exploring new topics may be unfamiliar with journals in their new fields. There are several strategies that can help locate high quality journals in each discipline. Information about journal and publisher metrics (e.g. impact factor) and disreputable publishers and journals may also be helpful. Librarians are happy to help you with your search, just ask us.
In order to rank journals by impact factor, Thomson Reuters groups journals by category -- the Journal Citation Reports. Although the Russell Library doesn’t have a subscription to the Journal Citation Reports, authors can browse the journals listed by category by exploring the Eigenfactor website. Eigenfactor uses the data from Web of Knowledge (also used to calculate impact factors for the Journal Citation Report) to rank journals based on a more complex calculation than the impact factor. Authors can select a category and see which journals are ranked (by eigenfactor) in this category.
Knowing which databases include a journal can help with publishing decisions and help to track down article information (especially for journals with poorly designed websites). Many journals list which databases include their content (e.g. Scopus, GeoRef, PsycInfo etc.).
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Hundreds of metrics exist to rank, compare and classify journals, articles and authors. While some are of interest only to bibliometricians, others are used to evaluate everything from the lifetime contributions of authors to the impact of a paper published last month.
Some of the more common metrics include:
Disreputable publishers prey on scholars who seek to publish rather than perish. These publishers use a variety of business models to support themselves, but they all suffer from very poor quality content.
If you receive a solicitation to publish in a journal or with a publisher you aren’t familiar with, first read our guide on predatory publishing. Then, seek some additional information:
1. Who is on the editorial board? Do they have good reputations in the field?
2. Where is the journal indexed?
3. What other research have they published?
4. Is the journal associated with a scholarly society?
5. Is the journal a member of an industry association?
6. Does the journal require an "author's fee"?