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Publication Strategies: Where to Publish

Choosing a Target Journal

There are a number of factors to consider when submitting your manuscript for publication.  Choosing a journal that matches your research output increases the chances that your manuscript will be accepted.

Identify potential target journals before you start writing your manuscript.  Visit the journals' websites, read the journals' guidelines for authors and consider the following criteria:

  • Audience
  • Scope
  • Reputation
  • Length restrictions
  • Time to publication 

For a thorough analysis of factors to consider when selecting a journal, see Becker Medical Library's guide.

Tools for Selecting a Journal