How to choose a journal II

Your choice of journal may vary from old to new, general to specialised, national to international.

Pay attention to the scope of the journal
  • Make sure that your paper falls within the scope of the journals you shortlist. Often papers get rejected simply because they do not fit the scope of the journal. This implies that you have not made an effort to read the journal or look up their website to gauge the subjects they are interested in. For instance, British Medical Journal(BMJ) does not accept case reports, but BMJ: Case Reports does.
Choose from types of journals
  • There are several new journals that are launched; if you are choosing a new journal, check the quality of content and consistency of work.
  • Look up some student journals and submit your paper in such journals to begin with. Many journals encourage papers from students. Look for such opportunities and make use of them. Depending on your topic, choose a journal that is specialised, general, or has a theme for their issues.  
Rejection is a step in the learning process; use it to your advantage
  • Once you submit your paper, it will go through a review process. Your paper may either be completely rejected or sent back for revision with feedback. 
  • Do not be disheartened if your paper is rejected. Rejection is part of the learning process. Take the feedback of reviewers seriously, and work on your paper based on their suggestions. Reviewers guide you to improve the quality of your paper and their feedback is usually useful. If you feel that the feedback has helped immensely, you can acknowledge their contribution at the end of your paper.