Nursing: Choosing Where to Publish

Finding places to publish

It can be challenging to find places to publish your work, but here are some online tools to assist you.

Look up a journal to see its impact or publishing timeline.

Enter some search terms to find a journal.

Enter your abstract to find a journal.

Myths and Misconceptions

Open access does not mean a journal is predatory. 

Not all Open Access journals are fee-based.

Fee-based publication does not mean a journal is predatory.

Not all journals with questionable practices are predatory.

Is it a trustworthy journal?

Predatory journals take advantage of researchers, faculty, students, and other authors by luring them to publish in a questionable journal.  Some key characteristics of questionable journals are

•No editor listed, no review board listed, or insufficient number of board members
•Contact information for journal is unclear or does not give a real address or phone number
•Publishes a large set of unrelated journals
•Incomplete or missing information about publication and open access fees
•Solicits authors and reviewers via spam emails
•Little or no copyediting, proofreading, or peer review for articles
•Uses logos and other credible resources to imply credibility
•Steals legitimate journals’ identities and content
•Provides misleading or fake metrics

How can I tell?

Beall's Lists
List of the [alleged] bad guys:
List of hijacked journals:
List of misleading metrics:
Or check resources such as:
Scopus (compare journals)
Web of Science Journal Citation Reports
SCImago Journal Ranking Lists
Google Scholar Metrics
Note: Beall's lists are no longer available on the web.  These are archived links.
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