Publishing is a huge part of being an academic. Getting your work out there for others to see, read and base their own research on is often the first step to creating impact and influencing the society. The current publishing environment is highly competitive and it can sometimes feel like there is an overwhelming amount of information out there, so we've broken the basics down for you here. If you can't find the answers you're looking for here, we are more than happy to help if you get in touch.
1. Look at your references
Think of publishing as joining a conversation. If you want to contribute to the conversation it makes sense to publish where the conversation is taking place – hence looking at your references.
2. Think about your audience
Thinking about who will be reading your article is key. If your research is in a niche topic, you should choose a niche journal. If it is on a more general topic, it is best to choose a journal with a wider scope.
3. Use tools to help you identify journals
Scopus Sources is a great tool to find a journal (NB! Please note that you need to be on campus to access this or have remote access set up on your account). You can search for a title or browse potential journals via the subject area filter. If you want to compare journals you can do so via the compare sources section once you're looking at the details for a journal. Here you can look at the journal metrics and the % of documents not cited in each of the journals.
Do not rely on journal impact factors alone when finding a suitable journal to publish in.
4. Ask you colleagues (or supervisor)
Some of your colleagues will have a lot of experience with publishing and will therefore know much about the various journals in the field.
5. Ask an expert
Your subject librarian or the Scholarly Communications and Research Support Manager will be able to help you find a good journal to publish in using several tools, resources and years of experience!
Please note that you should only submit your manuscript to one journal at a time.
For more detailed help on publishing please contact the Scholarly Communications and Research Support Manager.