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When you have a manuscript to submit for publication, it can be challenging to find the right journal in which to publish. Finding an appropriate journal will maximize your success with getting your manuscript accepted, enhance the visibility of your research, and broaden the impact your research will have on science or the community.
Characteristics of journals can be compared quantifiably. Factors such as the number of citations, number of documents published, and total references in the journal can be used to calculate scores for the journals.
Journal Citation Reports is a subscription resource that can be used to compare journals' characteristics including Journal Impact Factor, Article Influence Score, and Total Cites.
SCImago is a free resource that uses citation data from Scopus to provide journal impact data. It provides journal rankings by journal country of origin and numerous visual representations of journal impact data.
Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Scholar Metrics summarize recent citations to many publications, to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research.
DOAJ is a directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Open access journals from all countries and in all languages can apply for inclusion. DOAJ provides information such as publication fees and author copyrights. You can use the filters on the left-side of the page to limit to subject categories.
If you want your research to be findable in PubMed, try to publish in a journal that is indexed for MEDLINE. PubMed is a free bibliographic database that is widely used by biomedical researchers. Articles that are published in MEDLINE journals get medical subject headings (MeSH) applied to each article, making them more apt to be found in PubMed searches.
Journals that are selected for MEDLINE undergo a vetting process that decides whether the scientific and editorial character and quality of a journal merits its inclusion in MEDLINE. There are over 5,200 titles that are currently indexed for MEDLINE.
Find out if a journal in indexed for MEDLINE.
Search the journal title in the NLM Catalog. In the results list, look to see if the journal is "currently indexed for MEDLINE." Click the journal title to view more information such as coverage in MEDLINE and the MeSH terms that are applied to the journal.
Tips from the screenshot above: A) Use the "Currently Indexed for MEDLINE filter on the left side of the page to limit the results list. B) JAMA Neurology is currently indexed for MEDLINE. C) Archives of Neurology is not currently indexed for MEDLINE, but if you click the journal title link, you will see that this journal changed names in 2013 to JAMA Neurology.
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