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Identifying Appropriate Journals for Publication


Your paper is completed and you want it published!  How do you begin to identify a journal that's relevant to your topic, reputable, and indexed & accessible to scholars and students?  This guide provides tips on identifying relevant journals, determining their quality and impact, and their accessibility. 

Selected Books and Articles

Cargill, M., O'Connor, P. (2013).  Writing scientific research articles: Strategy and steps.  Hoboken, NJ. : Wiley Blackwell.
Collins, J.C. (2015). Writing for publication while in graduate school: An accessible reality. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 27, 51-55. doi:10.1002/nha3.20094.
Devitt, P., Hardicre, J., &  Coad, J. (2007). Ten steps to getting your paper published in a professional journal. British Journal of Nursing, 16(5), 290-291.
Forrester, Amy, Bjork, B., and Tenopir, C. (2017). New web services that help authors choose journals. Learned Publishing30(4), 281-287.
Leoard, M. Stapleton, S., Collins, P., Selfe,T.K., & Cataldo, T. (2021). Ten simple rules for avoiding predatory publishing scams. PLoS Computational Biology, 17(9), 1-5. 
Oermann, M.H., Nicoll, L.H., et al. (2022). How to identify predatory journals in a search: Precautions for nurses. Nursing, 52(4), 41-45. 
Owens, J.K. & Thaw, V . (2022). Journal article access: Free, open, and subscription. Nurse Author & Editor (Blackwell). 32(2), 23-27.
Saver, Cynthia. (2017). Anatomy of writing for publication for nurses, 3rd ed. Sigma Theta Tau International.