You may find a publisher for your work via the following methods:
ask your colleagues for recommendations
find journals in your literature review citations
Google your subject area keyword(s) and add journal, publisher, etc.
search the library's databases and journals
Review publishers' websites and read the publications' scopes. The scope indicates
whether your work fits the publication. If so, determine if they accept unsolicited
scholarly work. If they do, consider the elements listed below to select the best
publication for your work.
Queries vs. Full Works: Some publishers may want a query, abstract, or summary first instead of the complete
work. Even if your work is complete, follow the author instructions if they want a
How to Submit: Many publishers use an online submission management system that requires you to
create an account. Other publishers accept submissions via email. Follow the publisher's
submission guidelines carefully.
Simultaneous Submissions: Be aware that most publishers do not allow you to submit the same work to multiple
publishers to see who responds first. In other words, once you submit your work to
one publisher, you must wait to hear from that publisher until you contact another.
Read each publisher's website to learn if you must follow this restriction.
Turnaround Time: The turnaround time for a decision on your work can vary widely from a few days
to a year. Many publishers give a time frame on their website. You may also find
process updates in the online submission management system. You can request a status
update if you have not heard anything from the publisher after the specified time
frame has passed.
Editing Process: The editing process varies by publisher. If a publisher indicates your work needs
editing, they may do the following:
edit your work and send it to you for review
ask you for edits, you make them, and they review them
The publisher guides you through the editing process.
Notification Process: The lead/corresponding author receives notifications about submitted work. Those
notifications may come from the online submission management system, an editor, or
both. Some publishers send regular updates as your work moves through the process,
including submission verification, review, feedback, decision, etc. Other publishers
communicate less often.
The lower the acceptance rate, the more competitive the publication. Some publishers
list their acceptance rate on their websites either at the publication level (example) or the publisher level (example.) If it is not on their website, Google the publisher or journal name and acceptance rate to find it online. You may also email the publisher to ask. Knowing the acceptance
rate informs you of the likelihood of acceptance and can help you decide which publisher
Journals with higher impact factors are typically considered more prestigious. Often
a journal's impact factor is posted on their website. You can also Google the journal
name and impact factor to find results. However, there is no official tool for determining impact factor,
so it may vary across different sources.
Below is a very limited list of impact factor sites. If you find others, carefully
read how the factors are calculated. If a site doesn't describe how it calculates
the journal impact factors, you should not consider it reliable.
Eigenfactor: searchable database to evaluate the influence of scholarly journals in the scientific
Google Scholar Metrics: provides "an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence
of recent articles in scholarly publications"
Scimago Journal Rank: journal rankings with information from the Scopus database without requiring a Scopus
Predatory publishers publish work without a rigorous review process while also requiring
author fees. This practice means that work rejected by reputable publishers can still
be published without regard for sound research, data validity, or ethical practice.
Predatory publishers often use the open-access model to justify author fees. The Society for Scholarly Publishing has more information
on the evolution of predatory publishers.
Unfortunately, there isn't one way to determine if a publisher is predatory. Below
are suggestions to properly vet a publisher before submitting your work: