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Where to Publish in the Health Sciences

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


I would like to acknowledge the work of University of Central Florida librarians Shalu Gillum and Terri Gotschall who gave a very helpful MLA presentation titled: Help Authors Find the Best Journal for Their Manuscript. This excellent Webinar inspired me to do more reading on this subject and to create this guide.

About this Guide

Identifying and evaluating potential  journals for your papers is a key step in communicating your research findings with other researchers and practitioners. This guide is designed to provide you with some tips and tools for identifying potential journals for your publications. It covers journal metrics, open access options, and guidance on how to avoid predatory publishers.

I am happy to help you identify potential journals for your paper. Please contact me using the information on the right if I can be of assistance.

Recommended Reading

Gennaro, S. (2019). Choosing the right journal for your manuscript. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 51(2), 127-128. https://10.1111/jnu.12476

Koonce, T. Y., Blasingame, M. N., Zhao, J., Williams, A. M., Su, J., DesAutels, S. J., Giuse, D. A., Clark, J. D., Fox, Z. E., & Bettinsoli Giuse, N. (2020). SPI-hub™: A gateway to scholarly publishing information. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 108(2), 286-294. https://10.5195/jmla.2020.815

Manca, Andrea, PhD, MSc, Martinez, G., BSc, Cugusi, Lucia, PhD, MSc, Dragone, D., MSc, Mercuro, G., MD, & Deriu, Franca, MD, PhD. (2017). Predatory open access in rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 98(5), 1051-1056. https://10.1016/j.apmr.2017.01.002

Masten, Y., & Ashcraft, A. (2017). Due diligence in the open-access explosion era: Choosing a reputable journal for publication. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 364(21)https://10.1093/femsle/fnx206

Ray M. (2016). An expanded approach to evaluating open access journals. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 47(4), 307-327. https://10.3138/jsp.47.4.307

Salinas, S., & Munch, S. B. (2015). Where should I send it? optimizing the submission decision process. PloS One, 10(1), e0115451. https://10.1371/journal.pone.0115451

Severin, A., & Low, N. (2019). Readers beware! predatory journals are infiltrating citation databases. International Journal of Public Health (Springer Nature), 64(8), 1123-1124. https://10.1007/s00038-019-01284-3

Suiter, A. M., & Sarli, C. C. (2019). Selecting a journal for publication: Criteria to consider. Missouri Medicine, 116(6), 461-465.

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