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Where to Publish Your Research: Identifying Potential Journals


This guide is designed to assist  faculty members in-

  • Identifying potential  journals in which to publish
  • Exploring tools to identify specific journals of interest
  • Knowing the pros and cons of open access journals
  • Identifying  open access journals with author fees


Acceptance Rates

In general,  lower  journal acceptance acceptance rates are  considered more prestigious. 

Listed below are the few resources that include the acceptance rates of a journal.  Acceptance rates are sometimes provided on publisher websites as part of the instructions to authors material.   If you cannot find the acceptance rate of a journal by using the tools provided or viewing the journal's website, try contacting the editor directly.  Be aware that some journals make their acceptance rates easily available, others consider this proprietary information and do not . 

Acceptance Rates By Discipline Associations or Societies

Websites of professional organizations/societies sometimes will provide data on acceptance rates for journals they publish. 


American Psychological Association (APA).  Rates are listed in these reports for each journal.  

Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education review policy & acceptance rates.

Selecting Journals- A Short Video


Think. Check. Submit. is a campaign  endorsed by many scholarly organizations worldwide to  help researchers identify trusted journals for their research. It is a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.

Which Journal?

Here are some directories of journals and some publisher specific tools for locating journals-

Predatory Journals? What To Look For

Predatory open access publishing is an exploitative open-access publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not).

Checklist designed to help researchers determine whether or not to publish in a journal. Created by the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives.


Beall's List(Last updated December 8, 2021)

Beall's List: Potential, Possible, or Probable Predatory Scholarly Open-Access Publishers 
This is Beall's final list.

Be Careful About Solicitations!