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Finding and learning about journals and publishers: Finding a Scholarly Journal

Find a place to submit your work, learn about journal metrics, and understand more about publishing scams.

Locating a Reputable Scholarly Journal

Researchers exploring new topics may be unfamiliar with journals in their new fields. There are several strategies that can help locate high quality journals in each discipline. Information about journal and publisher metrics (e.g. impact factor) and disreputable publishers and journals may also be helpful. Librarians are happy to help you with your search, just ask us.

Explore journal categories and metrics

In order to rank journals by Impact Factor, Thomson Reuters groups journals by category. Although Milne Library doesn’t have a subscription to the Journal Citation Reports, which lists impact factors, authors can explore the journals listed by category by exploring the Eigenfactor website.

Eigenfactor uses the data from Web of Knowledge (also used to calculate impact factors for the Journal Citation Report) to rank journals based on a more complex calculation than the impact factor.

Authors can select a category and see which journals are ranked (by eigenfactor) in this category.


Knowing which databases include a journal can help with publishing decisions and help to track down article information (especially for journals with poorly designed websites). Many journals list which databases include their content (e.g. Scopus, GeoRef, PsycInfo etc.). This information can also be found in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory (Print: Milne Reserve PN4832 .U5)

Database searching

Many databases will analyze your search results to see what the most common journal titles are. Conduct a search related to your research in a related database, and examine the journal titles that appear.

For example, in Scopus, look at the left side of the screen after conducting a search and click on the arrow next to the “Source” heading to see a list of the most common journals appearing in your search results.