You are probably already aware of some key journals in your field, perhaps because you read them regularly, have referenced them in your own research, or have published in them in the past.
However, you may be unaware of other good journals in your field. And if you begin to research and write in a somewhat new area, the journals you already know may not be the best suited to your new work.
The tools below can help you discover and compare journals that publish in a certain field or on a certain topic.
As you discover journals through a variety of tools, make note of different characteristics and whether they match your manuscript and goals, such as:
When details are lacking, don't be afraid to contact a journal's editor and request details such as acceptance rate or circulation/readership.
Explanation of publishing models: Cabell's includes indications of publishing models, but the terminology may not immediately be familiar. In general,
This video (4:52) from the University of Houston Libraries covers the basics of searching and navigating the Cabell's whitelist.
Please note: the video's statement about the blacklist not being available applies to UH, but the blacklist component of Cabell's **IS** available at SHSU.
This video (3:49) from the University of Massachusetts Libraries provides a good overview of searching for journals and impact data / metrics in Cabell's.
What It Is: A tool to review the reviewing; peers' comments on the speed, efficiency, and helpfulness of a journal's review process. This type of insight into a journal can be helpful in comparing and selecting a journal for submission.
Weakness: Need for data on more journals. Consider submitting a review.
Who publishes a journal and how to contact them.
How frequently a journal is published and whether it is peer-reviewed.
Whether a journal is print or online, free or paid, and for what sort of an audience it is written.
Basic Search: search for specific journal title or keyword.
Advanced Search: Search by additional details, such as "Active" (meaning a journal is currently being published), Journal or Magazine, Academic/Scholarly or Trade audience, and Language.
Click "More Limiters" to display options for an even more complex search, including a "Refereed/Peer-Reviewed" option, subject areas, countries of publication, etc.
This video (26:48) from Clarivate Analytics demonstrates the integrated use of Web of Science and JCR to inform manuscript submissions descisions.