Thinking about... Selecting a journal
Selecting a journal to submit your paper to is an important consideration for all researchers. How do you decide?
Once you have completed work on a paper, you will of course start to look for the best place to publish your findings. But, given the vast numbers of scientific journals out there, it can be hard to decide to which journal you should submit.
Of course, there are numerous factors to consider. You want to publish in a journal whose readership are most likely to be interested in your findings, and who are most likely to make use of your work. The video Scope and readership as criteria for selecting a journal discusses these aspects of selecting a journal.
You will also want to ensure your work is published in respected, reputable journal. The video Reputation and quality as criteria for selecting a journal offers some tips for establishing whether a journal is reputable.
There are also practical matters to consider. The video Publication time and manuscript transfers as criteria for selecting a journal touches on some of these.
What is your approach to selecting a journal? Which criteria do you give most consideration to? Share your thoughts in the Comments field below.