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Top 10 considerations

  1. Is this journal genuinely peer reviewed?
  2. Is this journal read by your target audience?
  3. Does the journal include your subject area?
  4. Does it publish the appropriate type of article?
  5. Does the journal have high impact?
  6. Is the journal searchable in databases?
  7. What are the word limit and structural requirements?
  8. What is the turnaround time for acceptance?
  9. Are there publication charges?
  10. Have you considered Open Access journal publication?

Practical tips

  • Look at well known scholars and colleagues in the field and see where they are publishing
  •  Look at your bibliography. Which journals are listed there? If the area is suitable, you could consider publishing in these journals
  • To get a publishing record, co-author a paper with a recognised researcher in the subject area
  • Set up journal contents alerts for journals you are considering submitting a paper to



This guide will help you to decide where to submit your journal articles for publication.

Where to Publish: an expert's view

Watch a short video by Mark Hutchinson,  Professor within the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.


Contact your research or branch librarian for publications support in specific subject areas.

Further Reading


  • Sharman, A 'Where to Publish'
    Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2015 Jul;97(5):329-32.
    doi: 10.1308/rcsann.2015.0003.
  • Hopwood, N (2014): Australian academic blog: practical advice on Choosing Where to Publish