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Publishing your research

Selecting Where to Publish

When you are ready to publish your research, you will want to identify and target the most appropriate and high quality journals in your field. The quality of a journal is dependent upon a number of variants and is often defined by the field you are working in. Your supervisor and research colleagues are obvious sources of information on the most appropriate journals to target. 

Your literature review will also have revealed journals which are publishing related research.

This page gives an overview of tools to evaluate journals, with a dropdown menu containing more detail on peer review and impact factors.


Peer-Review is the most important measure of journal quality. Use Ulrichsweb, a directory of more than 300,000 periodicals, to identify peer-reviewed journals. 

See this section of the guide for more information:

Peer review

Assessing Open Access Journals

 For help in assessing Open Access journals you may consult these directories:

An online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

The membership list for the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. OASPA promotes “a uniform definition of OA publishing, best practices for maintaining and disseminating OA scholarly communications, and ethical standards.”

Think Check Submit Checklist

Think. Check. Submit. is a campaign to help researchers identify trusted
journals for their research. It is a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.

Think Check Submit Checklist

Reference this list for your chosen journal to check if it is trusted.



Impact Factors

The impact factor is a quantitative method of evaluating journals in many fields and you can discover these metrics using the  Journal Citation Reports.

See this section:

Impact factors and other journal ranking tools

EndNote Manuscript Matcher

An introduction to using EndNote's manuscript matcher feature to find appropriate journals, based on the title, abstract and references of your manuscript:

Tutorial: How to get published in academic journals

Tutorial: How to get published in academic journals

Interactive tutorial produced by University of Manchester aimed at students and early career researchers - covers how to select a journal and the submission, peer review and publication process.


Journal metrics on Scopus


View this tutorial on Journal Metrics on Scopus:


Books at the James Hardiman Library

See this selective listing of other books on academic publishing available in the James Hardiman Library.