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Guide to Selecting a Journal: Selecting a journal

Guide to selecting a journal to publish your article

UWC Library Online Publishing Support Service

The UWC Library's Online Publishing Support Service is pat of the Research Support & Client Services section in the library. This service assists researchers with any publishing related queries. These guides list tools to help authors find and identify appropriate journals for publication purposes. Training sessions help authors understand Open Access, journal selection tools and identify predatory journals and conferences.

Tips for selecting a journal

Some tips for choosing the right journal:

- Your literature review will contain journals in your field that have provided you with quality resources;

- Consult your supervisors, peers and colleagues to obtain a list of journal they have used;

- Does the aim and scope of the journal match your article content?

- Has the journal published articles similar to your article?

- Does the journal have any restrictions?

- User the library provided services as well as online services such as Journal Finder (see right panel);

- Consult your librarian.

(How to choose a journal, 2018)

Journal Impact Factors

What is a journal Impact factor?

Impact factors are one indicator of journal quality.  They are calculated by determining the  number of times published articles have been cited in the preceding two years. The higher the impact factor, the more articles have been cited. The impact factor, however, should not be used exclusively to establish journal quality. Informed peer-review should also be considered.

Open Access Explained

Selecting a journal

Scientific Journal Ranking

Open Access Publishing

UWC is a signatory to the Berlin Declaration of Open Access which was signed in 2013. To find out more about Open Access Publishing consult the Guide to Open Access and Avoiding Predatory Publishing Practices.


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