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Selecting a Journal
When you are ready to submit your manuscript for publication, the following methods and tools can help you find journals that fit the scope of your research.
Learn how to avoid predatory publishers by reviewing the Predatory Publishers section of this guide.
Journal Matching Tools
Journal matching tools allow you to quickly locate journals that match the topic of your research.
Jane: Journal/Author Name Estimator
Use this website to help determine the best MEDLINE journal to approach for publishing a manuscript.
Scholarly Publishing Information Hub (SPI-Hub™)
Enter up to 5 keywords describing the topic of your research into the SPI-Hub database to identify journals in which to publish your work. SPI-Hub consolidates information from multiple resources to easily compare the quality, scholarly importance, and editorial policies of several biomedical journals.
Enter the title, keyword, or abstract of your paper into JournalGuide’s database to find journals that match your topic.
Elsevier Journal Finder
Insert your title and abstract and select the appropriate field-of-research for the best results into the Elsevier Journal Finder to match your article to Elsevier journals.
Springer Journal Suggester
Enter your manuscript details to see a list of Springer journals most suitable for your research.
Wiley Journal Finder
Enter the title and abstract of your manuscript into the Wiley Journal Finder to locate relevant Wiley journals.
EndNote Manuscript Matcher
Enter the title, abstract, or references from your manuscript into EndNote's Manuscript Matcher database. Using information from Web of Science, the results can be sorted by journal impact factor.
Open Access Journals
When you publish your article in an Open Access journal, your article is available for anyone to read for free. Find quality open access journals using the following resources:
Since these journals to not require subscriptions or payments from readers, open access journals may charge a fee to the author. FSU has an Open Access Publishing Fund available to assist with these fees.
You can also find relevant journals by searching literature databases, Search for your topic to find similar articles, and see which journals published those articles.
Common literature databases include:
PubMed This link opens in a new window
More than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Mobile friendly.
Web of Science This link opens in a new window
Citations and abstracts from scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Cited reference searching allows you to track prior research. Use the All Databases dropdown to link to BIOSIS Previews, BIOSIS Citation Index, and Medline. Linked to EndNoteWeb.
APA PsycInfo This link opens in a new window
Bibliographic database of scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences; APA PsycInfo covers journals, books, reviews, and dissertations. (If needed, choose "Select Databases" from the APA PsycNet main website, then APA PsycInfo.)
CINAHL Plus with Full Text This link opens in a new window
Comprehensive index of journals, dissertations, books, conference proceedings, standards of practice, software, and audiovisual material for nursing and allied health topics. Mobile friendly.