Identifying Journals

How to identify your potential journal?


Finding a potential journal among 2.6 Million research journals (up to 2018 year) is a difficult task. The journal growing at a rate of about 10% per year.  The author should have an idea before they publish an article. This page will provide a methods to identify potential journals, measuring research impact and useful tips to improve citation of author’s article.


1. Browse legit journals

Academic publishing market had an annual revenue of ~$7.5 Billion (e-paper). The growth has given rise to a large number of predatory publishers and also attracted by the prospect of getting published sooner. The early career researchers often fall prey to these publishers. So, avoid getting scammed by these predatory journals like unsolicited calls /emails, non-clarity on article processing charge etc.,

2. Check websites


There are 3 ways to identify potential article and they are,

1. Using Tools

The following tools will help you to help to find relevant journals for your article in easy way.

Elsevie JournalFinder guides you to identify publications that may be better qualified to publish your research paper. For more additional information review the Aims and Scope of the journal. The Publisher must eventually determine how well the paper suits the publication.

By simply entering the paper title and/or abstract in the box and click on ‘Find journals,’ ‘Find authors’ or ‘Find articles.’ Jane can then compare the paper against millions of PubMed papers to identify the strongest matching articles.

On the basis of your manuscript data, the journal matching technology identifies related articles. This helps to check whether both Springer and BMC papers fits your manuscript. Also helps to easily compare relevant journals and to find the best position to write.

JournalGuide is a free resource developed at Research Square by a community of app developers, former researchers and veterans of scholarly writing. They helps to choose the best journal for their research.

2. Using Database

The following are the database links to relevant journals for journal.

Scopus is the abstract and citation site for peer-reviewed literature, scientific articles, books as well as conference proceedings. Scopus provides free services to unsubscribed users which is available from Scopus Previews. is an authoritative knowledge base with facts on more than 300,000 series from all over the globe, comprising scientific and professional publications, peer-reviewed books , newspapers and other series in all topic fields.

3. Manual search

  • Check scope and aim of the journal you choose. Read some of the articles the journal has published and find whether there is similarity between those articles and your own manuscript.
  • Refer literature review wherein the papers you cited have been published.
  • Check how long a journal takes to publish articles.
  • Look for journal with broad scope, wider target audience and an online presence.

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