Finding a Journal for your Manuscript

One of the most common reasons for manuscript rejection is submitting to an unsuitable journal. Start your publication journey by choosing the right journal for your manuscript and you’ll improve your chances of acceptance and publication.

Having a preferred journal in mind will help you align your writing to meet the journal’s aims and scope. Below are some tools and resources that will help you to find the right journal to publish in.

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Journal/Article Name Estimator

Just enter the title and/or abstract of the paper in the box, and click on ‘Find journals’, ‘Find authors’, or ‘Find Articles’. Jane will then compare your document to millions of documents in PubMed to find the best matching journals, authors, or articles.


Scopus Journal Comparison

Scopus metrics help measure the impact of scholarly research, including the h-index, citations, and journal metrics such as the CiteScore, SNIP and SJR. Allows you to compare 10 journals at once.


Jot: Journal Targeter

Jot is a web app, hosted by Yale School of Public Health, that identifies potential target journals for a manuscript, based on the manuscript’s title, abstract, and (optionally) references. Jot gathers a wealth of data on journal quality, impact, fit, and open access options that can be explored through linked, interactive visualizations


Springer Journal Suggester

Publisher Springer’s journal matching technology finds relevant journals based on your manuscript details. You can search over 2.500 journals (all Springer and BMC journals) to find the most suitable journal for your manuscripts.


Elsevier Journal Finder

Publisher Elsevier® JournalFinder helps you find journals that could be best suited for publishing your scientific article. Simply insert your title and abstract and select the appropriate field of research for the best results.


Taylor & Francis Journal Suggester

Publisher Taylor and Francis Author support services helping you find the best journal



The SPI Hub: Scholarly Publishing Information Hub is authored and managed by the Center for Knowledge Management at Vanderbilt University Medical center.


Think. Check. Submit

Think. Check. Submit helps researchers identify trusted journals and publishers for their research.


Wiley Journal Finder

Publisher Journal Finder can suggest Wiley journals that may be relevant for your research. You can simply enter your title and abstract to see a list of potential journals.


SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator is a measure of the scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where the citations come from.


DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ contains almost 17.500 peer-reviewed, open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities. If you are looking only for open access journals, there are also ways of searching for these by filtering your search results through journal comparison tools.


Sage Journal Recommender

Publisher Find relevant journals for your manuscript, verify against aims & scope, and submit to one directly or use Sage Path.






What exactly is “Preprint”?
As you read several news publications you may come across the term “Preprint”.  What exactly does that mean and what does a preprint article entail?

A preprint article is a version of a manuscript that is published on an open-access preprint server.  This kind of manuscript is published before any peer-review process.  They are generally published electronically and can be located on publicly available databases or preprint servers.

One reason a group of researchers may choose to do a preprint submission is because of the length of submitting an article through the traditional publication process can take a while.  Preprint allows for the dissemination of information at a faster pace.  Generally, the authors will still seek to have their work published in a peer-reviewed journal at a later date.

Skipping over the peer-review process may seem unconventional but there are some benefits to preprint.  Preprint allows you showcase to your colleagues where your interests lie, as well as establish early claims to your research findings.  Preprints are the fastest way that a researcher can disseminate their knowledge and research and start scholarly conversations.  Since most are located on an open access platform anyone can read them without paying which increases their accessibility and outreach.

It is important to keep in mind that while preprints may be scholarly, they have yet to be formally peer reviewed.  While some preprint servers may have a simple peer review process to determine that the content is legitimate, they don’t necessarily check on the reliability or accuracy of the information.  It is still best to be cautious when reading a preprint paper and to use your best judgement.

Did you know that we have our own Seton Hall Google Custom search for preprints?! A custom search will search multiple preprint servers simultaneously, including,, Preprints with The Lancet,,, and

Preprint Servers Custom Search

If you have any further questions regarding preprint documents reach out to your librarian!

— Kyle Downey