Welcome to an ebook that gives you insight into selecting target journals for publishing your research papers. With thousands of journals to choose from, navigating the publication landscape can be… Read More →
Category: The secrets to selecting a target journal and publish faster
What are the main factors to consider when choosing a journal?
General considerations A journal may choose to accept or reject your paper based on either a specific set of criteria stated explicitly on the journal website or on universally accepted… Read More →
Navigating the journal landscape: What type of journal should I target?
General considerations Targeting a suitable journal for your research increases the probability your paper is read by the right audience in your field, which helps advance your own profile and… Read More →
How will the journal I publish in affect my academic career?
General considerations Within academia, publishing journal papers is a currency to estimate individual research output, collaborative power, and diversity of skills and expertise. There are four main factors of the… Read More →
What are the common types of rejections from journals and what do they mean?
General considerations The below table outlines the types of decisions journals make when assessing your submitted paper. These decisions are based on the peer review process and the Handling Editor’s… Read More →
How many papers are graduate students expected to publish?
General considerations Within the Australian university system, generally, there are no strict rules regarding the number of published papers graduate students ought to have. However, a strong publication record is… Read More →
How many different journals should I publish in?
General considerations Publishing papers in different journals diversifies your research profile. Diversifying your research is a good strategy for 1) showcasing your research, 2) increasing your employability, and 3) highlighting… Read More →
I’ve been rejected by one journal. Should I resubmit to the same journal or try another?
General considerations Review decisions on papers come in five forms: accept, accept with minor revisions, accept with major revisions, revise and resubmit, or reject. The below table provides further detail… Read More →
I have already published one or two papers. Should I publish my next paper in the same journal?
General considerations The first step to publishing a paper is determining your audience. This means the journal you target should reflect the type of readership your paper aims to reach…. Read More →
Can I publish parts of my dissertation as a journal paper?
General considerations Submitting your dissertation chapters as published papers is encouraged, and sometimes mandatory, in many institutions. The advantages are that published papers have already been through the peer review… Read More →
How are journals ranked?
General considerations Academic journals are ranked according to a metric called the Impact Factor. This metric is a measure of the annual citations for that journal versus the number of… Read More →
What are SSCI, SCI, and other journal indices?
General considerations The Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and the Science Citation Index (SCI) are digital databases for indexing academic journals in the social sciences and sciences, respectively. Journal titles… Read More →
What’s the difference between a local journal and an international journal?
General considerations Local journals are usually journals publishing content specific to a localised area, such as a country or region, or originates and/or publishes content from an academic society or… Read More →
Does my department or university care which journal I publish in?
General considerations Universities, departments, and research labs generate annual, end of year reports that highlight the achievements and milestones for the year, such as grants awarded and publications. Publications are… Read More →
How long does it take to get my journal paper published?
General considations Publishing research papers can be time and resource consuming for authors. The journey from inception of the research idea to printed research paper can be as long as… Read More →
How will the journal I publish in affect my chance of graduation?
General considations Within the Australian university system, universities do not require students to publish research papers to meet graduation requirements. In other countries, however, many degrees, especially doctorates, have strict… Read More →
Should I target the same journal that my professor published in?
General considations Targeting the same journals in which your professor or academic advisor publishes is an effective strategy when developing your research profile, as it not only provides a good… Read More →
How about publishing a comment piece instead of a full paper?
General considations There are many types of research papers you can write (see the ‘Does the type of paper I aim to publish matter?’ section). Comment pieces are one type… Read More →
How about publishing my paper in a cross disciplinary journal?
General considations Diversifying your research by encompassing a broader range of fields strengthens your research profile and increases your chances of future employment by showing you can collaborate and think… Read More →
Can I publish in one journal only, or two or three?
General considations Diversifying your research output is an effective strategy to improve your research profile and outreach. Publishing in one journal usually limits the type of research you will produce,… Read More →