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Journal Suggestion Tools

These tools use your manuscript abstract to suggest journal publication options. The first four tools linked below will only show journals indexed by the related publisher or provider. Hover your mouse over links to see a description of the tool. 


Journal Details

Ulrichsweb (a Library subscribed eResource) may be used to investigate the details of journals, such as peer-review, previous title, open access status, print or online availability etc.

If you have found a journal that you think you would like to submit your research to for publication but it does not appear in any of the tools above, review it using TEQSA's Predatory publishing: A to Z elements (2022) infographic linked below. 

Use the Think Check Submit tool below (click on image) to evaluating a journal's quality and potential usefulness for your purpose.

Think Check Submit

Scopus - CiteScore and SJR

CiteScore, SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) are the metrics tools available to measure data through the Scopus database. This enables journals from disciplines with different citation behaviours (number and frequency of citations) to be compared.

Scopus calculates the number of citations over a four year period, divided by the number of publications to produce a CiteScore (Scopus, CiteScore 2020).

SCImago Journal Ranking (SJR) uses Scopus publications data to weight citations from prestigious journals (similar to a Google page ranking algorithm) to calculate a ranking for journals (SCImago, 2021).


Web of Science - Journal Citation Reports (JCR) - JIF

JCR - Journal Citation Reports TM uses Web of Science publications data to produce a JIF (Journal Impact Factor TM). The Impact Factor is the average number of citations to papers in a journal in one year, from articles published in any Thomson Reuters listed journal during the previous two years.

Note: the JCR impact factor should not be the only tool used by researchers to assess the usefulness of a journal. It is recommended that it be used together with informed peer review. Other measures in the JCR include:

Eigenfactor™ Score

An Eigenfactor Score is the number of current year citations to citable items from the previous five years, similar to the page rank algorithm used by Google

Article Influence™ Score

The Article Influence™ Score determines the average influence of a journal's articles over the first five years after publication, calculated as the journal's Eigenfactor Score divided by the number of articles published by the journal.

Journal Ranking Tools

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is the body responsible for administering Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). The ERA process was halted in 2022 in favour of a full review of the approach taken to evaluate research in Australia. It is expected that the revised approach will be implemented in 2024-2025.

The ERA 2023 Submission Journal List was developed for the sole purpose of supporting the (now-cancelled) ERA 2023 evaluation. It was not designed to be used outside of the ERA process, and the ARC insists it "must not be used as a future guide to publishing or as a quality indicator for publishing outlets". [October 2023]

The file below is provided for information only.

Open Access Publishing

Read & Publish: New Read and Publish Agreements in 2023. Open Access publishing without APCs

Read and Publish Agreements, or Transformative Agreements, are aimed at making more of our research open access. These agreements work by taking the library’s existing expenditure on journal subscriptions and repurposing it to cover both reading and publishing in a particular publisher’s journals.

These Read and Publish Agreements allow Notre Dame-affiliated researchers to publish articles open access without paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).

See more at our Open Access Guide (link below).