Steps to Finding the Right Journal

Publishing the results of scientific research is a crucial step in the research lifecycle. Find resources targeted to UCSF researchers to help you get your work published.

Make a List Evaluate the Journals Rank, Submit, Revise

To start the process of deciding where to submit your manuscript for publication, make a list of potential journals, based on:

  1. Recommendations from your mentors and peers.
  2. Literature searches on your topic in PubMed, Web of Science (UCSF subscription) or other appropriate databases for your field (see all UCSF databases). Make a note of journals that have published results similar or related to your study. Check the references in those articles for additional relevant articles and note where they were published.
  3. Journals grouped by field of study and citation rankings in Journal Citation Reports (UCSF subscription) and Scopus Sources (free).
  4. Journal selection tools will suggest relevant journals or similar articles based on your input of keywords, manuscript title, and/or abstract. 
  5. Consider also broad-scope journals that meet your criteria. "Sound science" journals such as PLOS ONE, PeerJ, SAGE Open, and Scientific Reports are open access and publish all articles that pass peer review for being scientifically sound.

Next, evaluate the journals you've identified (see next tab). 

Visit our Getting Published page for more information or to connect with a scholarly communication expert.

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