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Vision Science: Publishing

Identify Journals That Publish on Your Topic

Through Scopus

  1. Visit the Scopus database.
  2. Search on your research topic.
  3. Above the results, click “Analyze search results."
  4. Click "Analyze."
  5. Select the tab for “Source." The results rank journals by the number of articles published on your research topic.

Through Web of Science

  1. Visit the Web of Science database.
  2. Search on your research topic.
  3. In the results, click "Analyze Results" on the right hand side.
  4. Select the option for "Source Titles."
  5. Change the "Minimum record count (threshold)" to 1.
  6. Click "Analyze."

Find Journal Impact Measures

Publish for Impact

Aim for multiple publications

Select the best publication type to reach your audience such as a conference presentation for professionals, journal articles for researchers, and news or blog pieces for the general public.  

Consider writing multiple publications that will reach different audience groups.  You'll be able to divide your findings across the different venues and discuss the conclusions deeply.


Select a journal to target your audience  

Check the journal’s Instructions for Authors.  Does its scope and criteria match your intended audience?

Check the journal's impact factor, which is frequently used as a proxy for the relative impact a journal has within its field.  It measures the average number of citations to the recent articles published in a journal (more about impact factors).

  • Find journals ranked by impact factor in Journal Citation Reports.

  • Scopus is another ranking tool, and there are reports on a journal's changing impact factor over time.  Visit Scopus and select the Compare journals link above the search box.

Here's a guide to learn more about research impact measurement.


Publish as open access 

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge to the reader, and it’s free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (Suber 2013).  When your articles are free and online, your findings are more visible and accessible since readers only need an internet connection to find a copy.

Three main options are available:

In order to grant readers open access, authors typically pay a publishing fee for OA articles.  The Library offers the BRII program to support Berkeley researchers with the fees for full OA journals. 


Write for discoverability 

Craft descriptive titles and informative abstracts so that readers can quickly preview your publication.  

Help search engines and databaes index your publication by assigning descriptive keywords to the article.


Share as much as you can

Sharing research data and instruments may increase citation rates.  Here are options for sharing:

  • Publish the data as the supplementary materials of an article.  

  • Load data into an open repository.  Search databib.org to find one suited to your discipline.

  • Publish the data online with the Library's Dash service.


Publicize your work

Discuss your article at conferences and meetings.

Publicize the piece in news and social media sources for the altmetrics impact. 

Add the publication to your academic profile.

Create an ORCID id to manage your unique researcher identity and receive recognition.

Publish to Maximize Impact

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