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. Publishers such as Elsevier and Springer have created handy tools to facilitate the journal selection process. Please visit the following links to initiate the journal selection process:
Elsevier Journal Finder: https://journalfinder.elsevier.com/
Springer Journal Suggester: https://journalsuggester.springer.com/
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.
Besides the above, software programs such as FindMyJournal could also help you locate the right journal for your publishing needs. 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.
On a related note, Enago Academy has also launched it’s very own journal selector for open access journals, using the database provided by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Please make sure you visit the following webpage to learn more about this new tool: