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Where to Publish Your Research: Identifying Potential Journals

What is Open Access and what are Article Processing Charges?


This guide  and the accompanying Canvas Modules are designed to assist researchers in: 

  • Identifying potential  journals in which to publish
  • Exploring tools to identify specific journals of interest
  • Step-by-Step instructions on using various directories, manuscript finders, and other tools
  • Overview of Open Access Journals
  • Information about Predatory Journals 
  • Additional Resources

Canvas Modules

Selecting Journals- A Short Video

Tools for Choosing the Right 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.  

Acceptance Rates

Listed below are the few resources that include the acceptance rates of a journal. In general,  lower journal acceptance rates are considered more prestigious. 

 Acceptance rates are sometimes provided on publisher websites as part of the instructions to authors' material.   If you cannot find the acceptance rate of a journal by using the tools provided or viewing the journal's website, try contacting the editor directly.  Be aware that some journals make their acceptance rates easily available, others consider this proprietary information and do not. 

Acceptance Rates By Discipline Associations or Societies

Websites of professional organizations/societies sometimes will provide data on acceptance rates for journals they publish. 


American Psychological Association (APA).  Rates are listed in these reports for each journal.  

Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education review policy & acceptance rates.