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Selecting a Journal for Publication: Where to Publish?

This guide provides some recommendations and criteria for selecting a journal for publication; introduces with Open Access and Predatory Publishing.

Criteria for Journal Selection


  1. If a journal is indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) for Open Access journals
  2. If a journal is recommended by the Committee for Quality Assurance in the Field of Science and Higher Education of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MSHE RK) (applies only for Kazakhstani researchers)
  3. If your article topic suits the journal's subject
  4. What is a peer-review procedure for a journal 
  5. Editorial Board 
  6. Who is the target audience of a journal
  7. Type of publications in a journal
  8. Journal's rank (Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Web of Science, or Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), Scopus)
  9. How well articles within a journal are cited 
  10. Publication options available for authors 
  11. Acceptance or rejection rate of a journal.

Normally, all those kinds of information should be available on a journal's website. For example: Biological Reviews

Web page of "Biological Reviews" journal

Publication Options: Standard

  Standard option

  • An article is submitted to a publisher
  • No author fee
  • Access to an article is paid
  • Small (limited) audience 

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Selection Tools

There are several tools for the journal selection (by using title and abstract of an article) available on the web.

However, it is recommended to double check all the details on a journal before submission.  

Publication Options: Open Access

 Gold Open Access

  • An article is submitted to a publisher
  • Journal can be hybrid or 100% Open Access
  • Author fee, but not all Open Access journals require
  • Free access to an article
  • Large audience 
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