Finding a journal that is a good fit for your paper gives you the best
chance of success when submitting for publishing.
Journal selector tools provide one method of compiling a preliminary
list of potential journals by matching your output to journals that may be suitable.
Elsevier Journal Finder
There are a number of other journal selectors, including the Springer Journal Suggester, the Edanz Journal Selector, Wiley Find Journals, the IEEE Publication Recommender and the Open Journal Matcher.
Timelines - (check journal website or SciRev)
Indexing - (check Ulrichsweb.com database to see where the journal claims to be indexed, and then check some of these sources to verify)
Reach - (ask colleagues, do some research, look at publisher information)
Acceptance rate (or rejection rate) is the ratio of the number of articles submitted to the number of articles published. It can measure the selectivity or prestige of a journal, though like many journal metrics, the raw number is not the whole story. There is no single list or database of acceptance rates.
Available metric sources:
Journal editors, Journal websites
(The data underlying acceptance rates are proprietary. Although some journals make their acceptance rate publicly available, many do not).
Acceptance rates included for journals on the Journalytics of reputable journals list
MLA international bibliography
For those journals in literature, linguistics, and folklore indexed by the MLA Bibliography, acceptance data is available in the MLA "Directory of Periodicals," found in the search menu in the online version of the MLA International Bibliography.
Although the MLA Directory does not publish acceptance rates, it shows the annual number of articles submitted and published, and these numbers can be used to calculate the acceptance rate.
For example, regarding the journal Hemingway Review, the MLA Directory states “Articles: Suggested Length: 6,250 words maximum; Number Submitted Per Year: 50-60; Published Per Year: 10-14.” Dividing the number of articles published by the number submitted yields an acceptance rate ranging from 17% (10/60) to 28% (14/50).
Monash FMNHS and the Library have developed an online tutorial to assist you with publishing your research.
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