How to choose a journal - I

Choosing a journal you would like to publish your article in, should be your starting point to guide you while writing. Journals have different themes and areas of coverage. You need to check which journal will suit your article.

Advantages of choosing a journal before you start writing your paper:
  • Knowledge of the subjects/themes covered in journals
  • Familiarity with the structure of writing a medical research paper
  • Idea of the writing style of the journal in terms of content coverage 
Getting to know journals
  • Familiarise yourself with journals. Check your library for the journals they subscribe to, look at what your seniors refer to. 
  • You can browse through PubMed's Journal Catalog and Medknow for a list of journals.
Freely available journals
  • In the recent past, authors have been encouraged to publish their work in Open Access journals, based on the principle that research articles must be available freely on the internet.
  • The Directory of Open Access Journals lists such journals.You can browse through the subject list to get an idea of journals available; 'health sciences' and 'science general' will be of relevance to you.
Online journals
  • With people increasingly resorting to online sources for literature, many journals are available online. Some journals have both, print and online version, whereas some have either one of the two. 
Place of publication
  • Decide whether you want to publish in a national or international journal. 
Chances of acceptance
  • Do not choose a journal simply because you are sure your paper will get accepted. Maintaining high standards, gauge your chances of acceptance. 
Target readers
  • Think about the readership you want to reach out to, and choose journals that cater to such a readership.