Imagine a scenario where you have created a manuscript after months of researching and backbreaking ordeal. You smile and submit your paper but then you get rejected by the publishing journal. All your hopes and dreams are crushed in a blink of an eye. It sounds tragic, right? But for an average journal, nearly 50 % of the submitted papers face this tragic fate. So how do you get around this dreadful experience and successfully publish your paper? The answer to that question depends heavily on some factors.
Here we have discussed some of the considerations that will help you find out where you should submit your paper.
Finding a Journal That Matches Your Research Interest
There are journals that publish subject-specific papers and others that publish on a wider variety of subjects. You can consult with your academic mentor and fellow researches about the subject-specific journals. Checking out the aim and scope of a journal on its website is also a good way to find out about it. Another thing to find out is whether your paper style matches with the journal.
Reaching Out to the Target Audience
Figuring out who would benefit from your paper is very important. If your topic is specific or technical you should opt for a journal specifying on that subject. This would definitely increase your chance to reach your target audience. If your paper is targeted to a multidisciplinary audience, choosing a journal that deals with a wide array of subjects would be better.
Opting For a Journal That Provides Online Publishing
If your paper has an online presence, it will gain more public attention. Online publishing will also increase the number of citations your paper receives. Try to Publish in a journal that shows up easily in public search. Publishing in an open access journal is a good way to gain early exposure. (Learn about problems with open access journals)
Publishing in an Esteemed Journal
Most of us rave about the impact factor and index of a journal. The high impact factor basically means the high prestige of a journal. This factor is based on the number of citations received by the papers of a journal. The reviewers and the authors of high impact journals are generally esteemed academicians. The indexed journal indicates that the journal is listed in databases and can be accessible. Though publishing on a high impact journal is a big deal, it should not be your only consideration.
On a Final Note, it is important for a new researcher to get the recognition he deserves after publishing his paper. Being published in the right journal can open up new opportunities in both academic and professional life. On the other hand, choosing a wrong journal or being rejected by one can really crush your spirit. Selecting a journal that matches your topic and writing style may increase your chance of getting published. So aim for a journal with a better shot and keep your hopes up. With nearly 2.5 million new scientific papers being published every year, yours could be the next one!