Journals: Where to publish?

Selecting the relevant journals

  • Genamics JournalSeek - At Genamics JournalSeek you can look up single journals as well as topical lists of journals and for each journal find, among other information, a link to its homepage. A journal's own homepage is, of course, the place to find the Aims and Scope of the journal and the Guide for Authors.
  • DOAJ - The Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ, is in many ways similar to Genamics JournalSeek, but DOAJ contains information about open access journals only.
  • Web of Knowledge - The topical lists of Genamics JournalSeek and DOAJ are defined by very broad keywords and may not be sufficiently detailed to be a real aid in discovering the journals relevant to a particular field of research. To that end, a simple search in one of the databases of the Web of Knowledge may be more efficient:
    Do a search for a keyword or a combination of keywords, then click Analyze Results, choose Source Title as the field to rank the records by, and create a list of journals sorted by the number of relevant records they contain.
    For instance a search for "mycorrhiza" in the Web of Science yields 3.813 hits in almost 500 different journals, but an analysis shows that the top five journals contain almost one third of the hits.
    The Analyze Results tool may also be used to find out where the ‘big names’ in your field publish.
  • Publish or Perish is a free piece of software distributed by Harzing.com. It performs bibliometric analyses of data from Google Scholar and can be used to assess relevance as well as impact of journals. The Harzing.com website also contains a selection of papers on aspects of scholarly publishing.

Assessing the impact of journals

  • ISI Journal Citation Reports - The Impact Factor and the Eigenfactor Score are measures of the influence of a scientific journal. Both can be looked up in the ISI Journal Citation Reports.
  • PURE - The PURE system contains a database of journals in which the scientific journals are placed at two different levels; ordinary peer reviewed journals belong to level one while higher quality journals belong to level two.
    The journal database of PURE is not directly accessible, but a list shoving journal levels for 2011 is found as an Excel Spreadsheet
    Alternatively one may access the current version of the database by going through the first few steps of the registration procedure for a journal article in PU:RE.
  • Publish or Perish (see above) offers a useful alternative to ISI Journal Citation Reports because of a much broader journal coverage.