FindMyJournal™: Finding the Right Journal for Your Paper

  Jul 04, 2017   Enago Academy
  : Journal Selection, Publication Stages

Your field of research is unique. Sure, you study stem cells, but it is more than that–you study the immune response of an animal model following the transplant of a stem cell-derived liver. Your research and knowledge are unique–so should your journal. However, finding the perfect journal for your article is no easy task. Using a list of all the publishers, you could spend days searching for just the right journal. Now, there is an easy journal finder tool: FindMyJournal.

So what happens if your paper is sent to the wrong journal? After spending months to years collecting data and writing a thorough and insightful manuscript, you send it to a journal that thinks your paper is outside their scope. You could be stuck waiting weeks for a desk rejection from the managing editor or months waiting for peer reviewers to get back to you; all to say that your paper is good, however, the journal is not a match.

Key Features of FindMyJournal

FindMyJournal has over 29,000 journals included in its database. These SCI-Indexed journals fall in the medical, biological, and physical science categories, covering more than 4000 research areas. Furthermore, it includes journals published by Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, and Sage as well as journals indexed in Scopus, PubMed, and Web of Science. Following a brief search, a list of best-matched journals will come up and a table of features for each of the journals will be generated. This will help you decide which journal to submit to first so that your wait during peer review is worthwhile.

User Guide

After you open FindMyJournal, you will find a user-friendly website that helps you navigate your way through thousands of journals. Much of the process utilized by the group relies on patented technology and a proprietary algorithm to determine which five journals would be a good match for your paper.

To begin, simply sign up to start a search for free. Once signed in, you will be asked to provide information about your paper. They will ask 11 simple questions, which do not take much time at all to answer. Briefly, these questions ask about:

  • The field of study or subject area of your manuscript
  • The other journals most often cited in your manuscript
  • The type of article: original basic science, clinical, review article, etc.
  • Your preference for speed of publication following submission
  • Your preference for accessibility of your manuscript once published
  • Some descriptive keywords for your manuscript


Once, all of these questions are answered, the software will launch its algorithm and generate a list of five, best-matched journals. From there, you can look at the core features of these journals to determine what the best journal would be for you.

Benefits to Publishers and Researchers

There are several benefits to publishers and scientists using this website. Publishers are able to attract relevant papers while simultaneously reducing the burden of performing the initial review of manuscripts. Furthermore, publishers are able to increase the visibility of new journals in the sea of very prestigious journals. Meanwhile, scientists can use the journal finder to avoid navigating through a list of publishers while trying to find the perfect journal for their article. Furthermore, scientists can screen journals such that they find open access journals or international journals. All of this and more can be done while saving precious time on the peer review process.



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