Where to Publish

Finding the right journal for your research is a crucial step to maximise its impact.

  • Practical tips

    • View the Think! Check! Submit! website which helps researchers identify trusted journals for publication
    • Use the Wiley journal finder to select the right journal for your research
    • Look at well known scholars and colleagues in the field and see where they are publishing
    •  Look at your bibliography. Which journals are listed there? If the area is suitable, you could consider publishing in these journals
    • To get a publishing record, co-author a paper with a recognised researcher in the subject area
    • Set up journal contents alerts for journals you are considering submitting a paper.
  • Where to publish - Top 10 considerations

    1. Is this journal genuinely peer reviewed?
    2. Is this journal read by your target audience?
    3. Does the journal include your subject area?
    4. Does it publish the appropriate type of article?
    5. Does the journal have high impact?
    6. Is the journal searchable in databases?
    7. What are the word limit and structural requirements?
    8. What is the turnaround time for acceptance?
    9. Are there publication charges?
    10. Have you considered open access journal publication?
  • Predatory publishers

    Be careful to avoid predatory publishers and vanity publishers when choosing a journal or book publisher.

    Make sure to read any publishing contract carefully, checking what services the publisher offers, the copyright agreement, royalties and more.

    Learn more about predatory publishing.

  • Journal quality

    Excellence for Research in Australia

    • 2018 ERA Journals list
      University of Adelaide password required. Unranked list of journals used in ERA 2018, which covered the period January 2011 to December 2016

    Journal rankings

    Widely-used journal rankings include:

    • Journal Impact Factors (JIF) from Web of Science Group
    • CiteScore from Scopus
    • Scimago Journal Rankings (SJR) from Scopus
    • Source Normalised Impact (SNIP) from Scopus

    Web of Science

    Journal Impact Factors are based on Web of Science data, and are available from within Web of Science and the Incites Journal Citation Reports database. They are calculated yearly and released in June.

    Learn more about Journal Citation Reports and the Journal Impact Factor.

    Read about the 2018 release (based on 2017 data).


    CiteScore, Scimago Journal Ranking and Source Normalised Impact per Paper are based on Scopus data, and are available from within Scopus and also available here.

    Read about the Elsevier journal rankings.

    Explore the Scimago Journal & Country Rank website.

    Lists of Arts Journals

    Faculty of Arts staff and HDR students only. List of scholarly journals and publishers relevant to the Arts and Humanities

    Lists of Business Journals


  • Acceptance Rates

    Most journals don't publish their acceptance/rejection rates but some do. Try searching the journal's web site to see if they publish such data.

    New England Journal of Medicine
    "We publish only the top 5% of the 5,000 research submissions we receive each year..."

    American Psychological Association Journal Statistics and Operations Data
    Statistics from 2004 onwards, includes manuscript rejection rates, circulation data, publication lag time and more.

  • Turn-around time

    Turnaround time is defined as the date from when a manuscript was first received by the journal to the date the author of the manuscript was provided with a first decision. Obviously turnaround time and acceptance rates vary from journal to journal; this information may be available on the journal's website, or on individual journal articles.

  • How to get an ISBN and DOI

    ISBNs are linked to essential information allowing book-sellers, and readers, to know what book they are buying, what the book is about, and who the author is. Usually publishers will provide authors with an ISBN. If you are self-publishing, you can purchase ISBNs from Thorpe-Bowker.

    A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DOI when your article is published and made available electronically.


Expert views

  • Publishing with Impact - Professor Mark Hutchinson

    This short video is about the most important things to consider when deciding where to submit an article manuscript. The video is particularly useful for those in STEM disciplines but also applies to other areas.

    Professor Mark Hutchinson is  from the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.

  • Where to publish - Professor Rachel Ankeny

    This short video is about how higher degree research students in the arts should find quality journals for submitting article manuscripts. Professor Ankeny's video is also useful for those in other subject areas.

    Rachel Ankeny, Professor is from the School of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide.