I am trying to identify a good journal for my first publication. Is there any tool that can help me select the right journal?
Thank you for getting in touch with us regarding your query. It is indeed true that researchers sometimes find it difficult to select the right journal (from among a large pool) for their publishing requirements. Additionally, the rise of predatory publishers has made the journal selection process all the more challenging.
Publishers such as Elsevier and Springer have created handy journal finder/ suggester tools to facilitate the journal selection process from their list of journal. Once you enter the title and abstract, the website will suggest a few journals that tend to meet with your subject-specific requirements. You may choose an appropriate journal from this list of recommendations. However, this list you get would be limited to journals published by these publishers respectively.
Besides the above, we also have tools such as FindMyJournal that could help you locate the right journal for your publishing needs across publishers. FindMyJournal uses a mathematical/objective algorithm to suggest an appropriate journal. However, you would need to sign up and pay a service fee to seek the above benefits. After signing up, the software asks several questions regarding your manuscript and once you answer them, it displays the top 5 recommendations. You may choose an appropriate journal to publish your manuscript from these five recommendations, by exploring the core features of each journal. Some of the deciding factors could include publication costs (if any), average review time, journal ranking, and journal relevance. Enago Academy also has it’s very own journal selection tool for open access journals, using the database provided by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Additionally, if you wish to seek professional help with selecting the most suitable journal for your manuscript, you can consider using Enago’s Journal Selection service. Enago maximizes your chances of publication by matching you with the most appropriate journals for your particular research and requirements.