Journal Selection: How to determine the overall quality of the journal before submission? (Part2)

A researcher spends months and years drafting the perfect manuscript. As research involves a scientific and systematic exploration of new knowledge, a manuscript usually contains well-researched information in the form of facts, data analysis, figures, tables/graphs, and relevant references. Drafting a manuscript is only the starting point to a long journey in the field of journal publishing. There are a lot of steps involved when it comes to publishing an academic manuscript, out of which the first one is preparing the list of top reputed journals.

Information about the journal’s article word limit and bibliographic style will help researchers make their papers worthy of publication. This can also avoid repeated rejections. Journal editors do not review a paper written in a different field of study and format. If you have recently finished a research paper, then your focus should be on selecting the journal that has a wider reach and the desired impact.

In order to facilitate researchers and scholars pick a credible and reputed journal, the following can be considered.

  1.  Scope of the journal: In order to gather the key information about the journal, start by reading its scope and aims. In simple terms, scope talks about the brief introduction to the journal that consists of the total subjects covered and the review policy. Every journal has different criteria for research paper selection. For example, you can find out whether the field of study is related to Engineering or Advanced Mathematics. Knowing beforehand what really the journal is trying to accomplish will help increase your manuscript acceptance rate.
  2. Process of peer review- : Peer review process is an important aspect in assessing the quality of articles and research papers published in a journal. This is a crucial process by which the experts accept or reject the research paper based on the depth of research involved, novelty of the research done, and the manner in which it is presented.

There are basically 3 types of the peer review process.

  • Single blind-: In this process, the reviewer checks the research paper without revealing their real identity to the authors. The authors are not allowed to contact the reviewers under any circumstances. However, the reviewers can access the author’s contact details.
  • Double blind-: Here the identity of the author as well as the reviewer is kept hidden. This way authors get a fair chance to get their manuscript approved and published in the journal.
  • Open review-: As the name suggests, the identities of both author and reviewer are known by everyone involved in the process. Open review promotes transparency and accountability in terms of improving the quality of work published in the journal.
  • The number of citations: The significance and quality of a research paper depend on the number of times it was cited in the same or other journals pertaining to the same field of study. Impact Factor is a measure that is used to assess and review the overall quality of the content in different formats. Usually, the journal that publishes review articles has a higher Impact Factor. It also helps journals get more submissions in the future.
  • The total cost of publishing: Authors are required to pay a submission fee to get their work reviewed by experts. It is important to know whether or not a journal charges pre-acceptance fee, post-acceptance fee, or membership fee.
  • Pre-acceptance fee: It is charged during the time the author submits the work for an editorial and peer review. It supports the journal by boosting their productivity rate and enhances the submission of quality research work.
  • Post-acceptance fee: It includes the total printing charges and publication charges. The rate differs based on the type of printing (colored/black and white) and the total number of pages to be published.
  • Membership fees: Publishers also charge a one-time membership fee that includes the entire editorial and peer review process. It indirectly helps the authors assess the online resources and other services provided by the journal.

Before clicking on the ‘Submit’ option, make sure that: 

  • Your research work matches perfectly with the journal’s scope.
  • The credentials of the journal are valid.
  • The type of content published in the journal is relevant to your field.
  •  The journal provides the necessary tools and services to authors.
  • You follow the formatting and submission guidelines.

Collecting such type of information is the best way by which scholars and researchers can narrow down their search and pick a suitable journal for publication.

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