Journal Publishing

There are a number of aspects to consider when finding the most appropriate journal to target for publishing. As you should only ever submit your article to one journal at a time, it is worthwhile to compare journals carefully to select the best possible fit for your work and thus enhance your chances of being accepted for publication. Most journal publishers provide material on their website to assist prospective authors. Following are some tips to get you started on thinking about journal comparison.

Create a shortlist of potential journals

Which journals:

  • appear on my reference lists?
  • do my research supervisor recommend?
  • appear in database searches using my keywords?
  • are the experts in my field publishing in?
  • are my colleagues publishing in?

TOP 10 QUESTIONS to evaluate journals

  • Is the journal peer reviewed?
  • What subject matter does this journal publish on?
  • Who reads this journal?
  • Does the journal have high impact metrics?
  • How often does the journal publish?
  • How discoverable is it – does it have an ISSN, and where is it indexed and abstracted?
  • What are the submission guidelines of the journal?
  • How long do the review process and the online publication process take?
  • What are the publication costs?
  • Is the journal Open Access?

Information about Western Sydney’s open access institutional membership funds may be found here.

To avoid publishing in a predatory open access journal, consult this simple checklist before submitting.


Western Sydney University Library and Digital Humanities Research Group have created the Journal Finder tool to help researchers locate the best possible publication outlets for their research. Journal Finder provides contextual information on how a journal counts towards a particular field of research in Australia and allows for viewing of publications by their Field of Research Codes (FOR).

Journal Finder uses data from Western Sydney University subscriptions and open access sources to provide a searchable portal to:

  • Identify journals on the ERA list in your area of research.
  • Provide journal impact and ranking information.
  • Discover indexing and abstracting information, frequency of publication and author submission guidelines.
  • Link to journal websites to access submission requirements.
  • Link to the journal on the Western Sydney University website if held.

Access Journal Finder (best viewed in Google Chrome).

(A comprehensive help guide can be accessed via the Journal Finder homepage.)

Alternatively, you can search the following individual sources to obtain journal metrics, ranking, impact and additional data: (those with an asterisk are incorporated into the Journal Finder tool)

  • Journal Citation Reports database contains official impact factors and related citation analysis data.*
  • SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) website shows average cites per paper for each journal, and quartile trends over time.*
  • Scopus database contains journal metrics such as SNIP and CiteScore.
  • Ulrichsweb – Global Serials Directory use to discover publisher information, frequency of publication, indexing and abstracting information, scope and aims of journal.*

Remember, to always consult with your research supervisor when targeting a journal for publishing.

For further assistance please contact your School Librarian.