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Where to Publish Your Research: Identifying Potential Journals


This guide is designed to assist  faculty members in-

  • Identifying potential  journals in which to publish
  • Exploring tools to identify specific journals of interest
  • Knowing the pros and cons of open access journals
  • Identifying  open access journals with author fees


Contact your departmental subject librarian  if you need assistance finding journals.

Other Useful Guides

The library has many guides on related topics which will provide additional information-

Selecting Journals- A Short Video

Think. Check. Submit. is a campaign  endorsed by many scholarly organizations worldwide 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.

Which Journal?

Try searching for the topic of your article in a relevant database to see where related articles in your field have been published.

In addition, you may also consider using the following databases and tools.  This list isn't exhaustive but does provide some good starting points.  

Researching by Journal Title-

Researching by Subjects/Authors/Affiliations and More-

Comprehensive citation index covering the leading scholarly literature around the world. Contains Journal Citation Reports for both Science and Social Science, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science and Social Science & Humanities, Book Citation Index- Science and Social Science & Humanities, Current Chemicial Reactions, Index Chemicus, BIOSIS Citation Index, Current Contents Connect, Data Citation Index, Derwent Innovations Index, Medline (1950- ), and Zoological Record.

Be sure and consult the training links provided on our databases page for more information. 


Here are some directories of journals and some publisher specific tools for locating journals-

Be Careful About Solicitations!

Predatory Journals? What To Look For

 Predatory open access publishing is an exploitative open-access publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not).

Checklist designed to help researchers determine whether or not to publish in a journal. Created by the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives.


Beall's List- For many years, Jeffery Beall, a librarian at University of Colorado maintained a list  of "predatory publishers" on his website.  The list has always been a source of much debate among both scholars and the publisher community.  That list was taken down in January, 2017. 

ARCHIVED LIST (As of January, 2017) Beall's List: Potential, Possible, or Probable Predatory Scholarly Open-Access Publishers 
This is Beall's final list, as hosted in the Internet Archive.