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Joint Medical Program Library Resources: Publish

Find Journal Impact Measures

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., @gmail.com or @yahoo.com)

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.

Submitting Manuscripts

Library Session on Publishing

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