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How to find the right publisher?

  1. Your own network. Ask round among your colleagues, your supervisor and other scholars in your network who can help you with this. It is precisely this 'inside' information that may be very helpful; furthermore, you can ask for their experiences and tips. 

  2. Search engines or portals. Some portals specifically focus on finding the right publisher within a particular discipline. Journals also sometimes send out calls for papers. 

  3. Your own favourite journals or authors. If you often find articles relevant to your research in certain journals, this is a good indication that your article would fit well with these journals. You can also check to see which journals publish the authors that you often use for your research.

  4. Journal Impact Factor. You can find more information about this in the ‘Bibliometric analyses’ section. This is not a perfect way to measure the quality of an article, but it can give an indication.

When choosing a journal, pay attention to the following issues as well: 

  • LanguageCoverage (regional/national/international?)
  • Form of publication (print/online/open access)
  • Procedure/form of peer review
  • Background of the journal (discipline, peers, institute/department)
  • Academic status, for example, ISI impact score (read more in the course ISI WOS)
  • Audience

* From the workshop ‘Academic Publishing: Reflections and Advice from a Publications Editor’ by Nicholas W. Jankowski



  • Take a look at http://www.papersinvited.com/, a CSA search engine where you can search through an inventory of worldwide calls for papers for journals as well as for conferences. You must, however, request membership.