Part II: Identifying Appropriate Scholarly Journals
What Are You Seeking?
Balancing Impact with Acceptance Rates
After you have gathered some likely journal titles, you may want to assess the potential impact of each. Your goal is to publish your paper in a journal that has a broad reach and is well respected in your field. If this is your first publishing venture, however, it may not be realistic to expect that your paper will be accepted in a top-tier journal. These journals can be very selective in what they publish and often have a rejection rate of up to 90 percent of all papers submitted. However, you may find a good fit with a respected second-tier journal. These journals may have lower impact factors but may also have lower rejection rates.
Keep in mind that even if your submission is rejected, it may be a valuable learning opportunity for you as an author. If the journal makes the reviewers’ comments available to you, and the review process takes a relatively short period of time, you may gain knowledge about how to improve the manuscript for submission to other journals.
At this point, you may want to create a profile using the journal profile form for each of the journals you are considering. You can add to the profile as you analyze each title. The goal is to gather enough information on each title under consideration to help you rank it in terms of impact and appropriateness for your publishing project. This information will be particularly useful to you as you develop your personal publishing plan (which we´ll cover in detail in Module 5: Making it Yours).