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Find Journal Impact Measures

The journal impact factor is a calculation of how many citations the articles in a journal receive (over a 2-year average). It is used as a proxy measure of the quality of a journal. If the impact factor of a journal is 5, then on average, articles in this journal receive about five citations within the first two years after publication.

» Journal Citation Reports

» Scopus CiteScore metrics: Click “Sources" - An alternative to the JIF

You may wish to read this brief article on the Journal Impact Factor:
Is the impact factor the only game in town?. P. Smart. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2015;97(6):405-8.

PLoS, a top-tier open access suite of journals, says this: "PLOS does not consider Impact Factor to be a reliable or useful metric to assess the performance of individual articles. PLOS supports DORA – the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – and does not promote our journal Impact Factors"

Identify Journals That Publish on Your Topic

Through Scopus

  1. Visit the Scopus database.
  2. Search for recent articles on your research topic.
  3. Above the results, click “Analyze search results."
  4. Click "Documents per year by source"
  5. On the left you will see the results listed by the number of articles published on your research topic per journal.

Through Web of Science

  1. Visit the Web of Science database.
  2. Search for recent articles on your research topic.
  3. In the results, click "Analyze Results" on the right hand side.
  4. Select the option on left for "Source Titles."
  5. Change the "Minimum record count (threshold)," if desired.
  6. Scroll down for a table of results by journal title.

What is a "predatory journal"? How do I find out if a journal I want to publish in is "predatory"?

Predatory publishing is a relatively recent phenomenon that seems to be exploiting some key features of the open access publishing model. It is sustained by collecting APCs [Author Processing Charges] that are far less than those found in presumably legitimate open access journals and which are not always apparent to authors prior to article submission.

Here's a recent article that will help answer this question: 

Potential predatory and legitimate biomedical journals: can you tell the difference? A cross-sectional comparison

Take a look at Table 10 for a concise list of the features found in predatory journals, including:

  • The scope of interest includes non-biomedical subjects alongside biomedical topics
  • The website contains spelling and grammar errors
  • Images are distorted/fuzzy, intended to look like something they are not, or are unauthorized
  • The homepage language targets authors
  • The contact email address is non-professional and non-journal affiliated (e.g., or

and more.

However, while perhaps not relevant to your immediate publishing decisions, please be aware of the Institutionalized Racism of Scholarly Publishing:

  • Non-Western and/or non-English journals are hugely underrepresented in our current scholarly indexes
  • The scholarly publishing infrastructure demands journals be Open and English to be noticed, but non-Western and/or non-English journals may be labeled as predatory as they struggle to fulfill such demands.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

UCB has an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, and you can create your own logon after you activate your account. Then, take advantage of resources like these:

Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars (watch at your convenience):

  • January: Every Semester Needs a Plan
  • February: How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities
  • March: How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice
  • April: Mastering Academic Time Management
  • May: Every Summer Needs a Plan
  • June: Moving From Resistance to Writing
  • July: The Art of Saying No
  • August: Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors & Collaborators
  • September: Overcoming Academic Perfectionism
  • October: How to Engage in Healthy Conflict
  • November: Strategies for Dealing with Stress, Rejection & the Haters in Your Midst

Submitting Manuscripts

Scholarly Communication Services

OA lockScholarly Communication Services can help you with all your scholarly communication and publishing questions and needs.  Visit their website, or reach out to for help with questions on topics, including:
  • Copyright in research, publishing & teaching
  • Authors’ rights, and protecting & managing your intellectual property
  • Scholarly publishing options and platforms
  • Open access for scholarship and research data
  • Tracking & increasing scholarly impact
  • Affordable and open course content 
Scholarly Communication Services provides the following services:
  • Individualized support & personal consultations
  • In-class and online instruction
  • Presentations and workshops for small or large groups & classes
  • Customized support and training for each department and discipline
  • Online guidance and resources

Alternative Publishing Formats

Here is some information and tips on getting your research to a broader, or to a specialized, audience

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