Selecting the Right Journal for Your Manuscript

You have completed your research, collected your data and information, and written your paper, but what’s next?

Publications are the primary metric for your success as a researcher. Ergo, a researcher’s ultimate aim is to publish his work in a high-impact and peer-reviewed scholarly journal. One major impediment in that process is improper journal selection or submission to a wrong journal. To avoid that mistake, you need to consider some key factors.

Peer-Reviewed Journals vs. Predatory Journals

Journals with a peer-review approach have eminent subject experts on their editorial board who review and evaluate the submitted articles prior to acceptance for publication. Peer reviewers reject unscientific or poor-quality research articles by maintaining the integrity of a scholarly publisher.

On the contrary, predatory journals do not manage an honest and suitable peer-review approach. Most papers published in such journals are not only unscientific but raw, unformatted, and often half-cooked.

Hence, it is recommended to examine the nature of the journal you are targeting for your paper and stay away from predatory journals. This can be ascertained by checking the status of the journal or publisher in Jeffrey Beall’s list.

Scope of the Journal

You must verify the scope of the target journal. Even a remarkable, novel research work is likely to face rejection if the research topic doesn’t align with the scope of the journal. Hence, you must take some time to study the aim and scope of the journal, which are easily available on the journal’s website.

Journal Indexing

The quality of any journal is assessed based on the number of abstracting and indexing services that include that journal. Popular and reputed databases (SCOPUS, MEDLINE, SCI, etc.) that index the journals take several factors into consideration, such as the regularity (issue release frequency), type of review process (peer-reviewed or not), and reputation of the journal.

You can confirm whether your target journal is indexed in a database by visiting the following sites:



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Journal Impact Factor

Impact factor (IF) of a journal is an indicator of the significance of a journal in its category (field). Though the journal impact factor is not associated with factors like quality of the peer review process and quality of the journal’s content, it is a significant benchmark to convey the average number of citations received by the articles published in the journal in a particular time period. IF can be calculated after completing at least three years of publication; that explains why IF cannot be calculated for new journals.

As the author, you must evaluate the potential of your paper with an unbiased approach before targeting a high impact factor journal. Submitting the paper to a high impact factor journal carries a higher risk of rejection. In the process, you also stand to lose valuable time and would need to reformat the paper for resubmission to a different journal. Hence, for new authors, it is recommended to adopt a balanced and realistic approach while choosing the best journal.

How to judge if the manuscript can be submitted to high ranked journal ?

Some of the criteria a manuscript needs to fulfill to qualify for a high ranked journal are:

• Originality
• Rigorous methodology
• Substantive conclusion
• High impact on the field of study


Impact Factor: Criterion to evaluate a journal’s quality

Researchers, writers and authors start scratching their heads when it comes to select a journal to get their articles or manuscripts published. The present article will surely help you in this regard and turn out to be a guide before selecting a journal.

Selecting an appropriate journal and publication type is a challenging job. Getting it right increases the chances of having a successful publication of your article. Eugene Garfield, the founder of Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), proposed a tool to evaluate the journals’ impact within a particular discipline both quantitatively and qualitatively in the year 1955. Finally, Journal Impact Factor (JIF) was indexed in 1975 for analyzing the journal’s quality.

The journal impact factor refers to the average number of citations of the previously published articles in a journal; it may be books, case studies, reports, thesis or web documents, etc. Practically, higher the impact factor of a journal, higher is its influence. The value of the impact factor of a journal is regulated by two elements. Firstly, the sociological aspect comprising of journal’s subject area and the type of journal and article. The journal impact factor keeps deviating in accordance with the quantity of citations in different journals and the type of articles in them. Secondly, element constitutes of size of the journal, i.e., the quantity of articles published in the journal within a span of time. Usually, citations between two and five years are two benchmarks used to judge the size of the journal.

At times, the authors or researchers consider journals with the least acceptance rate. They have very strict procedures to select the best article before publication and, eventually, such journals show to have the highest impact factor.

Journal impact factor is a very useful aid for evaluation of journals; nevertheless, impact factor is said to have some demerits too. Factors like peer review process, editorial board members and the article rejection rates are some of the considerable features along with the impact factor to help you out during the journal selections.

Whatever may be its influence, bad or good, impact factor is going to prevail for a long duration as other options are no better in its comparison.

We hope this article will surely help you in judging the journals before you select one for publishing your article.