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Where to Publish in the Health Sciences

This guide provides tips on finding high-quality journals for your potential publications



Think,Check,Submit. is a checklist developed and maintained by the Committee of Publishing Ethics(Cope), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and other participating organizations. It features key questions to consider as you evaluate a journal for your potential publications.

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Questions to Consider

These are some helpful questions to consider as you look for the right journal for your article submission:

  • Who is your intended audience? Are you looking to reach other researchers, the general public, or health care professionals? Checking both Ulrich's and the journal's website will give you a sense of the journal's intended audience.
  • Do you want to publish in a peer-reviewed journal? Check Ulrich's to see if a specific journal titles is peer-reviewed.
  • Is impact factor important to you? Journal Citation Reports or ScIImago has information about a journal's impact factor.
  • Are you interest in publishing in an open-access journal? Browse through the Directory of Open Access Journals or check the journal's website to find out if the journal offers an open-access option, or if you can place a version of your article in OpenBU.

Tools for Selecting a Journal

Tip: Search for Similar Articles in Our Online Databases

Searching our online databases for articles that that cover topics similar to yours is one way to identify potential journal matches for your own article. Type in keywords that describe your topic into our databases and see if there is a recurring journal title in the citations yielded by your search. Here are key databases in the health & rehabilitation sciences:

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