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Learn to target the Appropriate Journal

Category : Journals
Date : July 23, 2016

Across all academic domain, researchers have a dream to have publications in reputed international journals. In an attempt to convert their dream into a reality, they put in all possible efforts in writing a research paper, which is the best in their capacity. Despite all the hard work, most of them are not able to make a publication in a journal of their choice. Getting a good publication isn’t all about creating a good paper. There are some strategic moves involved. They need to be made while choosing the journal, other than the quality that is added to the paper.

Choosing the right journal requires effort in multiple directions and considering several aspects. If the effort is channelised in the right direction, the researcher will get on track in reaching the destination of the most appropriate journal for his research paper. There are few integral steps that need to be followed, in a step by step process.

  1. There has to be a fair assessment of the worth of the research paper, as the first step. It needs to be done relative to the quality of existing research. If you feel, as a writer, you may not do unbiased justice in the evaluation of your own creation, it is advisable that the help of some senior researcher is sought. This can help you to solve the concern, and give you a fair opinion of your research. Once that is convincingly done, it becomes easy to match the value of the journals with the quality of the paper
  2. The scope of the work should be very clear to the researcher as only then the writer is in a position to match it with the most apt journal. This effort would help to narrow down the domain, and the scope of the paper, and hence you would be able to more specifically choose the journal that is most appropriate for the paper.
  3. After having done the above two efforts, the next thing is to scan through the contents of the journal and its earlier editions. The previous publications can help to match with what the writer already has. If you feel that in terms of  quality, domain, scope and standard, your paper suits the kind of research that the journal has been publishing, you must go ahead and make the submission.

If the writer does not undertake the above-mentioned steps and randomly sends his papers to journals, it would just keep delaying publication and perhaps even lead to wastage of time, and maybe the study getting obsolete because of long suspension.


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