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Publishing in the Medical Sciences: Where To Publish

Welcome to Publishing in Medical Journals: A Place for Identifying the Best Publication for Your Research

Finding a Publisher

Finding a place to publish your research can be difficult. This is not just because of the many varieties of publishers there are available or the threat of predatory publishers. Locating an appropriate place for your work often requires a great deal of research in itself because in choosing a publication, one is trying to match their work to a reputable journal that also provides significant exposure. A journal's prestige or quality may be determined by its citation index and bibliometrics, but also by other critical standards within the field or discipline.

Choosing a High Impact Journal

Journal Submission Criteria

When considering where to submit your work to, the following should be considered:

  • Submission Guidelines: Consult a journal's submission criteria prior to sending a manuscript off.
  • Multiple, though Well-Delegated Submissions: You may want to submit an article to more than one journal to account for rejections or timing in feedback.
  • Count the Cost: Look into whether the journal has page charges or submission fees, or fees for color illustrations or photos, or reprint charges, and clear the expenses up front with your advisor.
  • Cover Letter: Prepare a cover letter that not only says what you are submitting, but describes the original finding and why it would be appropriate.
  • Follow-Up: Make sure to get an acknowledgment that your work has been received. Journals can receive thousands of submissions and can't always keep track of things.

Journal Evaluation & Selection Resources

Journal Finders

Publishing can be a challenge. But fortunately many databases and websites have begun developing journal finding tools to meet scholars' needs. Journal finding tools, or journal finders support authors and researchers by matching a manuscript to a potential journal. Often this is done by uploading an abstract and tracking what the search tool finds as a potential journal match. However, other tools can help to wed research to a worthy enough source. 

Journal/Author Name Estimator

Edantz Journal Selector

Elsevier Journal Finder

Cofactor Journal Selector

Scopus Journal Comparison

Journal Guide Paper Match

Wiley Journal Finder

Endnote Abstract Matcher

Clarivate Analytics and Web of Science partner to supply a journal manuscript matcher within the citation software EndNote. In addition to the abstract match tool, Endnote coordinates the access points of your citations to match various points of interest within available journals. It is a newer technology, but allows for the Web of Science database to coordinate citation connections to identify meaningful relationships between these publications and your own citation data. You will need an EndNote software package for this tool. 

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