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Where to Publish

When your research is ready for publication, consider choosing a journal which will maximise the impact of your research. Tools such as Journal Citation Reports help you to identify the journal’s impact factor and its quartile ranking. While these indicators are an important aids to identifying a journal, it is also necessary to check out the scope of the journal, the publishers’ terms and conditions, and to consult with colleagues regarding their publishing expertise.


Journal Citation Reports: Impact Factors & Quartile Rankings

The journal’s Impact Factor and its Quartile Ranking can help inform your decision.

The Journal Impact Factor is based on the average number of citations a journal has received in a two year time period. Quartile Rankings group journals together within categories and rank according to impact factor.

Impact factors and quartile rankings can be found in the Journal Citation Reports database (JCR), which is produced by Thomson Reuters. Further information can be found in the RCSI Library’s Guide to Journal Citation Reports and Quartile Rankings available in the Information Seeking & Library Skills module on Moodle - scroll down to Topic 5, Guides and Resources for Researchers.

The Journal Citation Reports can be found on the Library's Databases page.

Other tools - SJR and JANE

SJR (SciMago Journal and Country Rank) uses Scopus data to provide rankings of journals (similar to JCR’s Impact Factor) and allows you to search by category or by journal name.

JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator).  Insert your article title and/or abstract and JANE will match your text with text in Medline and find the best matching journal.

Predatory Publishers

Check out the publisher carefully. If the publisher / journal is not one you or your colleagues are familiar with and particularly if it is open-access, consult Beall's list. Here you will find a list of publishers who usually charge for publication but who don’t provide the robust editorial or publishing support you will normally find from reputable publishers. More information on how to identify them from Jeffrey Beall’s Criteria for Determining Predatory Open Access Publishers and some useful tips on how to avoid them from this BMJ blog by Jocalyn Clark.

Databases: where is the journal indexed?

In order to maximise the visibility of your research, check which database your intended journal is indexed in. You want to ensure that your research will be discoverable in the results of literature / systematic review searches. The publishers’ websites will usually list the databases, but you can also browse journal lists from within the databases themselves.

Ideally, the journal should be indexed in Scopus (the university rankings are currently taken from Scopus), Medline and/or the subject specific database. For instance, it is important that a nursing article is published within a journal indexed by CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) as nursing related literature searches will always include this database and sometimes may be limited to CINAHL. In this way, you ensure that your article is findable by your network.

More Information

See the Researcher Handbook for more information on publishing, including the importance of consistency in using personal, department and institutional names.


For help with choosing a journal to publish in, contact Grainne McCabe, Scholarly Communications & Research Support Officer.